BLANCO COUNTY, Texas – Two people have died in a Monday crash along U.S. 281 near the Blanco/Burnet County Line, Texas Department of Public Safety confirms.
The Burnet County Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook that U.S. 281 was closed near the Hofbrau RV Park due to a multi-vehicle crash during a pursuit, and that Burnet County units were not involved. The RV park is located approximately two miles north of Round Mountain and nine miles south of Marble Falls. The roadway reopened at around 6 p.m.
DPS said around 11:30 a.m. July 3, a trooper traveling southbound on U.S. 281 was almost struck by a gray Honda that was traveling northbound. When the trooper attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver, a 69-year-old man, did not stop for authorities and continued to weave in and out of traffic, almost striking other vehicles.
Troopers said the Honda eventually struck two SUVs traveling in the southbound lane, killing the 69-year-old Honda driver and his passenger, a 99-year-old woman. One week after the crash, authorities identified the man as Richard Purpura and the woman as Anne Purpura.
DPS said one oft the SUV drivers refused transport to the hospital, while the other SUV driver was taken by EMS ground transport to Dell Seton Medical Center. The extent of the injuries of the person hospitalized is unknown.
The exact cause of the crash is under investigation.
DPS said a judge has ordered an autopsy report to uncover a possible underlying reason for the driver's erratic behavior.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.