A Texas man is dealing with as much as life in jail for driving a pickup truck throughout a high-speed, 50-mile police chase close to a Mexican border city that ended in a head-on crash that killed eight illegal immigrants, federal prosecutors stated.
Sebastian Tovar, 24, of Austin, was charged Wednesday in federal court docket for transporting “illegal aliens ensuing in demise,” in response to the US Lawyer’s Workplace for the Western District of Texas.
Tovar was driving a maroon truck close to Del Rio on Monday when a Texas Division of Public Security trooper tried to cease him for dashing, a federal felony grievance states.
Tovar then refused to drag over his Dodge truck, setting off a chase that lasted roughly 50 miles — and reached speeds exceeding 100 mph, federal prosecutors stated.
The truck pushed by Tovar then collided head-on with one other truck, a white Ford F-150, as he drove north in the southbound lane of Freeway 277 about 30 miles north of Del Rio, a Texas border city, authorities stated.
The crash left eight illegal immigrants who had been in Tovar’s truck useless, whereas a lone survivor was injured.
All had been immigrants in the US with out authorization and the individuals who died had been Mexican nationals between the ages of 18 and 20, in response to Val Verde County Sheriff Joe Frank Martinez.
Seven of the killed victims had been males, the sheriff stated.
The driving force and passenger in the Ford F-150 — a toddler, KVUE reported — remained hospitalized in steady situation, federal authorities stated Wednesday.
The crash got here lower than two weeks after 13 migrants had been killed in a horrific crash on March 2 in Southern California after slicing a gap in the US-Mexico border fence. Authorities have stated they imagine the victims had been a part of a migrant smuggling operation.
Following Monday’s chase and ensuing wreck, US Border Patrol brokers additionally came across a beige pickup truck as they directed site visitors close to the crash web site, in response to the grievance.
“Brokers subsequently apprehended twelve illegal aliens who fled that truck,” prosecutors stated in an announcement. “Two of the illegal aliens, each Mexican residents, confirmed they had been a part of a failed human smuggling try in which the group illegally crossed into the US and had been divided between the maroon and beige pickup vehicles for transport functions.”
The 2 Mexican nationals later instructed authorities they entered the US illegally close to Eagle Cross, a border city in southwest Texas, with about 20 others who had been in the maroon and beige vehicles, the grievance states.
Court docket data in Texas didn’t listing an lawyer for Tovar, who stays in federal custody. His preliminary court docket look is about for April 1, a spokeswoman for the US Lawyer’s Workplace for the Western District of Texas instructed The Submit Thursday.
With Submit wires