The driver of the SUV that plowed into a group of people at a bus stop in Brownsville, Texaskilling eight of them, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, authorities said Monday.
The authorities suspect that George Alvarez34 years old and brownsvillelost control of the vehicle after running a red light Sunday morning and struck a group of Venezuelans in front of a hostel migrants. Authorities are still investigating whether the act was intentional.
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Police Chief Felix Sauceda said Alvarez He was charged with eight counts of manslaughter and 10 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
The SUV ran a red light, spun out of control, flipped on its side, striking 18 people, Sauceda said at a press conference on Monday morning. Six people died at the scene and 12 were seriously injured, he added. Authorities later updated the death toll to eight.
Alvarez tried to flee, but was held by several individuals at the scene.said the police chief.
George Alvarez He is being held on $3.6 million bail. Authorities are awaiting toxicology reports to determine if he was intoxicated, Sauceda said.
The victims were waiting for the bus to return to downtown Brownsville after spending the night at the shelter.reported Sister Norma Pimentel, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley.
Most of the victims were Venezuelan men., said the director of the shelter, Victor Maldonado. There has been an increase in migrants Venezuelans in Brownsville in the last two weeks, for unknown reasons, authorities said. On Thursday, 4,000 of some 6,000 migrants in Border Patrol custody in the Rio Grande Valley were Venezuelans.
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