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081921 crash

Special to the News-Times

SHEPHERD — A Goodrich man died following a two-vehicle collision on U.S. Highway 59 about one mile south of Shepherd.

Jaime Ortega, 47, of Goodrich, was pronounced dead at the scene by San Jacinto Justice of the Peace Harris Blanchette following the Aug. 11 crash.

According to information from the Texas Department of Public Safety, the two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 59 occurred at approximately 1:05 p.m. 

Reports indicate that a 2021 Dodge pickup traveling southbound swerved out of the lane and collided in the rear with a 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe that was stopped on the improved shoulder. 

The driver of the Dodge, Melissa Smith, 37, of Cleveland, suffered minor injuries. There were two passengers with Smith — a 14-year-old male an 11-year-old female, both of which suffered only minor injuries. 

All occupants in the Dodge were transported to HCA Houston Healthcare Conroe.

A passenger in the Hyundai, Francisco Becerra, 47, of Shepherd, was taken to HCA Houston Healthcare Conroe with serious injuries. 

The investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Photo by Jessica Corwin/SJNT

Law enforcement and emergency personnel investigate a two-vehicle crash that left a Goodrich man dead.

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