US Man Charged Over Deaths Of Eight Migrants

US Man Charged Over Deaths Of Eight Migrants

US authorities introduced prison fees Thursday towards a Texas man after eight undocumented migrants he was transporting in his truck died after he crashed whereas fleeing police.

Sebastian Tovar, 24, of Austin, Texas was charged with conspiracy to move undocumented immigrants leading to dying, the Justice Division mentioned.

The crash got here amid a contemporary surge of migrants making an attempt to enter the nation from Mexico and Central America.

Authorities mentioned Tovar refused to tug his pickup truck over when state cops sought to cease him for dashing close to the border metropolis of Del Rio on Monday.

Central American migrants are detained by Border Patrol brokers after crossing the Rio Grande from Mexico to get to El Paso, Texas on February 5, 2021
 AFP / Herika Martinez

The officers pursued the truck in a chase for about 50 miles (80 kilometers) that reached speeds of 100 miles per hours (160 kilometers per hour), mentioned US Customs and Immigration in a press release.

Finally he crossed the freeway median and crashed head-on into one other pickup truck, killing eight of his passengers and injuring the 2 individuals within the different car.

With visitors backed up on the scene of the accident, officers noticed one other pickup truck loaded with migrants, and apprehended 12 of them.

Two admitted that each vans had been a part of the identical human smuggling operation, in accordance with the assertion.

If convicted, Tovar faces a attainable sentence of as much as life in jail.