One woman was killed while another man was injured in a three vehicle collision along FM 1826 Thursday that shut down the roadway near Driftwood for several hours.
Authorities have identified the victim as Carene Mary Carlborn, 77, of Austin, who was pronounced dead at the scene by Hays County Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Terry Kyle, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson.
The collision took place around 3:15 p.m. near the 16000 block of FM 1826, roughly five miles southwest of Austin.
According the spokesperson, a 2000 Buick Sentry, operated by Carlborn, was going east bound approaching south Green Hills Loop when it drifted over a no passing zone “for some unknown reason.”
The Sentry then collided head-on with a 2013 Isuzu NPR, driven by Jorge Alfredo Diaz, 43, of Austin, the spokesperson said. The resulting collision caused the Sentry to spin clockwise 90 degrees and strike the right front quarter panel of a 2015 Hyundai Elantra, operated by Michael David Reid, 51, of Kyle, who was traveling east bound on 1826.
Carlborn was pronounced dead at the scene. Diaz was transported via StarFlight to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center in critical condition. Reid was uninjured in the collision.
A cause for the incident is unknown at this time. Kyle has ordered an autopsy on Carlborn. DPS will continue to investigate the accident.