BIG WELLS- Monday, June 18, 2018- The official announced, “Five immigrants died and several others were injured on Sunday when their vehicle careened out of control while being chased by U.S. Border Patrol agents in Texas about 90 miles (145 km) north of the Mexican border”.
Dimmit County, Sheriff Marion Boyd replied to the reporters that ‘Some of the injured were ejected from a Chevy Suburban packed with 14 people that were traveling up to 100 miles per hour (160 kph)’.
“Images on television also showed that the smashed vehicle, missing at least two wheels, with debris strewn across the road at the Big Wells city limit. The sports utility vehicle skidded off the road and then attempted to get back onto the highway, but the driver overcorrected and the vehicle flipped over, ejecting several people”, Boyd replied.
Boyd said, “We’ve seen this many, many times, in not only this county but other counties along the border. This is a perfect example of why our borders need to be secure”. The driver was arrested, Boyd said. Till now it is not confirmed what charges he would face for the incident.
‘The chase began after a Border Patrol agent noticed three vehicles traveling in a caravan and suspected smuggling, U.S. Customs, and Border Protection said in a statement. Border Patrol agents stopped two of the vehicles and made multiple arrests, but the third vehicle continued’, the statement said.
The statement highlighted, “The driver did not stop and the attempt to stop the vehicle was taken over by a Dimmit County Sheriff’s Office deputy. The vehicle rolled over a short distance later on highway 85 near Big Wells, resulting in multiple injuries and fatalities. Four victims were pronounced dead on the scene and a fifth was pronounced dead after being airlifted to a hospital in San Antonio, Boyd said. A sixth person was in very critical condition with potentially life-threatening injuries”.