Temple woman dies in fatal crash on Old Hwy 95

A woman is dead after car accident in Bell County this morning.

Correction: Miranda Ortiz was not killed at the same intersection as Travis Mireles.

Original Story

LITTLE RIVER-ACADEMY - A Temple woman is dead after a two-vehicle fatal crash about 7:35 a.m. Thursday morning on Old Highway 95 north of Little River-Academy.

Miranda Ortiz, 23 and 16-month old girl were inside a Toyota Yaris that was riding southbound on the highway when she drifted off the roadway to its right and over corrected back to its left. As a result the Toyota crossed over the center stripe into the path of an oncoming Jeep.

The Jeep struck the right side of the Yaris with its front.

Ortiz died at the scene and the 16-month-old was taken to McLane Children’s Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The child was in a car seat at the time of the accident and everyone was wearing a seatbelt.

A man and woman from Little River-Academy were in the jeep. They were both taken to Baylor Scott and White in Temple with non-life threatening injuries.

No charges were filed.

This is near the intersection of Highway 93 where Travis Mireles, 25, was killed in March of 2016.

His family started an online petition to get TxDOT to make changes to the intersection.  They need between 2,000 and 3,000 signatures for TxDOT to consider making changes.  As of this article, they had 1,632 signatures.

Old 95 has flashing stop signs but Mireles' family and friends say there's nothing to stop or alert drivers on 93.

Summer Campbell, Mireles' best friend since childhood said, in June, the real danger is on 93.

"There's a blind spot on 93, you can't exactly see the intersection when you're on 93, so we're just trying to make it safer and let Travis be the last one that had to lose his life here," said Campbell.

TxDOT records show there have been 18 accidents at that intersection since 2010.

(© 2016 KCEN)


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