Texas high-speed chase ends with 1 illegal immigrant dead, 4 injured when car rolls into river, DPS says


A high-speed manhunt in Texas last week that involved people smuggling ended with one illegal immigrant Authorities said Tuesday that four people were killed and four injured when their vehicle overturned in a river.

The chase began just after 2 a.m. on October 13, when a Texas Department of Public Safety personnel attempted to stop a black Chevy pickup truck for violating U.S. Route 377 in Edwards County, according to a DPS statement.

The agency said the driver, Robin Sandoval, 40, of Austin, did not stop. Dashcam footage from a DPS patrol vehicle stalking at increased speeds. At one point, Sandoval got close to a curve and lost control.

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Texan soldiers respond to a vehicle slamming into a river after a high-speed chase. An illegal immigrant died in the car, and four others were injured.
(Texas Department of Public Safety)

The car descended into the Lanno River and the soldiers were seen running towards the car and going into the water.

Jorge Lopez, a 28-year-old Guatemalan citizen in the United States illegally, was killed at the scene. four Illegal immigrants from Honduras They were rescued and taken to hospital with unspecified injuries.

The driver, Sandoval, was arrested and charged with five counts of criminal offences Smuggling of people who caused death or bodily injury. Authorities said he was also found in a small amount of methamphetamine.


“Criminal smuggling organizations continue to profit from the lives of those who smuggle them and the general public,” the agency said. “They keep putting illegal immigrants in dangerous situations and exploiting them as a commodity.”

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