Two killed in separate wrecks on FM 1626

Speed was determined to be the primary cause of a fatal single-vehicle rollover wreck that took place Saturday morning along FM 1626 at Oakwood Drive.

The incident was the first of two separate fatal crashes that occurred within a 12-hour time span on FM 1626 near Buda.

Jonathan McDonnell Baker, 45, of Kyle was identified by authorities as the victim in the wreck on FM 1626 near Oakwood Drive.

According to a Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson, a 2017 Nissan Maxima was traveling north on FM 1626 roughly three miles west of Buda around 10:19 a.m.

The Maxima was traveling at “an unsafe speed for the wet roadway” when it lost control, traveled off the road to the east, rolled over and then struck a utility pole. The vehicle came to rest on its top, facing west.

The driver, later identified as Baker, was pronounced dead at the scene by Hays County Justice of the Peace Pct. 5 Scott Cary.

Witnesses at the scene believed the vehicle may have been traveling at or above 100 miles per hour prior to the crash. However, authorities have not determined exactly how fast the vehicle was traveling.

Roughly 12 hours later, authorities responded to a motorcycle wreck that took place around 8 p.m. in  700 block of west FM 1626 Saturday.

According to Austin Travis County EMS officials, a man in his 50s was transported to an Austin hospital with “critical live threatening injuries.”

The man later died at the hospital on Sunday, according to a KXAN report. Officials have not released the identity of the man, pending notification of next of kin.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating both incidents.

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