SH 21 wreck takes life of Buda man

A Buda man was one of two people killed in a fatal two-car accident along State Highway 21 in Caldwell County Monday.

Jose Omar Ortiz-Perez, 33, of Buda, and Olivia Maladores Flores, 45, of Dale, were killed in the accident, which occurred on Highway 21 roughly two miles from Niederwald in Caldwell County, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety press release. Four other people were also injured in the crash, including a two-year-old child, who was transported to Dell Children’s Medical Center in serious condition.

Monday’s accident occurred around 7 p.m. and involved a 2000 Nissan Frontier driven by Ortiz-Perez and a 2002 Ford Explorer driven by Flores.

According to the release, the Frontier, which was traveling northeast on Highway 21, was traveling on the wrong side of the roadway as it approached the Explorer, which was going southwest.

Flores attempted to avoid the collision, but the Frontier crashed into the left front quarter of the Explorer, causing the SUV to spin approximately 180 degrees clockwise, according to the release. Upon impact, the Frontier spun approximately 90 degrees clockwise.

Two passengers in the Frontier, identified as Lilia Cruz de Paz, 36, of Buda, and Julia Cesar Ramirez Deras, 27, of Buda, were transported to South Austin Medical Center and were treated and released.

Angel Duran Esquivel, 46, of Dale, was one of two passengers injured in the Exporer. Esquivel was treated and released from SAMC.

Julianna Flores, 2, of Dale, was transported to Dell Children’s in serious condition.

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