AUSTIN (KXAN) — Victor Ontiveros Flores, 19, is charged with intoxication manslaughter after police say he drove on the wrong side of the road while intoxicated and crashed into another car, killing the driver.
According to an arrest affidavit, police got a 911 call on Sunday around 1:50 a.m. about a Chevrolet truck going the wrong way on Ed Bluestein Boulevard, but at the time, officers were unable to find the truck. A few minutes later, the crash between the two cars happened in the 5100 block of Ed Bluestein Boulevard.
Officers found Flores inside his truck, the smell of alcohol coming from his breath, according to court documents. Police say Flores had been traveling northbound in the southbound lanes when he crashed into a Ford Focus driven by 43-year-old Kimberley Faye Green.
“We lost a diamond. She came through when no one else could come through, and she did it with a smile,” said Shai Tilmon, the last person to say goodbye to Green.
Tilmon said Green came to her house Saturday night to celebrate Tilmon’s husband’s 54th birthday.
“And I said like I always do, ‘Please be careful; call me when you get home.’ She always did it, like clockwork.”
But this time, Green did not call. According to investigators, the car she was driving was hit head-on.
“Why, of all people on the roads, why my mom?” said Mercedes Preston, the oldest of three girls who is now left to take care of her baby sisters.
She has a message for the man who police say is responsible for taking their mother away from them.
“If it was somebody else and your mom was in the car, how would you feel? You may have a bump or scratch, but my mom lost her life,” said Preston.
“These young girls should not be burying their mother,” Tilmon added. “I shouldn’t be burying my best friend. No way; it’s too early.”
Flores admitted to the officer that he had two beers before to the crash, according to court documents.
This is Austin’s 48th deadly traffic crash and 50th traffic death of 2015. At this time last year, there were 25 deadly crashes and 32 traffic deaths.
This case is still being investigated. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the APD Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at 512-974-4424.
Wrong-way Crashes in Austin (2014 – June 19, 2015)