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Murder charges possible as SUV flees, wrecks; 5 killed

Modified Date: 
Mon, 07/27/2015 - 9:02am
Accident Date: 
Sunday, November 24, 2013

Driver charged in Falfurrias crash that killed five

Federal prosecutors Tuesday charged a man in connection with smuggling 14 undocumented immigrants, killing five of them when he drove into a tree while evading Falfurrias police.

5 killed, many injured as SUV tries to flee police

The driver of a vehicle crammed with 14 passengers believed to be undocumented immigrants could face murder charges after he crashed into a tree, killing five of them, while evading Falfurrias police, the police chief said Monday.
The driver of a vehicle crammed with 14 passengers believed to be undocumented immigrants could face murder charges after he crashed into a tree, killing five of them, while evading Falfurrias police, the police chief said Monday. The crash Saturday night took place a few miles north of the Border Patrol immigration checkpoint in Brooks County, which in recent years has emerged as a major passageway for human smuggling. Its ranchlands and dirt roads are the routes — and sometimes the places of death — of immigrants attempting to walk or get rides around the checkpoint with aid from bands of smugglers. The numbers of unidentified bodies and law enforcement pursuits have soared. A Falfurrias police patrol car attempted to stop the driver, who was speeding in a 2004 Chevrolet Blazer along U.S. 281. Initially heading north on the frontage road of U.S. 281, the driver looped south and lost control as he passed another vehicle, crashing into a tree. When the officer in pursuit arrived, he discovered 15 people inside, five of whom were pronounced dead at the scene. An unknown number of people were injured.  
Type: Car Accident
People Involved: 
Manuel Rendon-Lucas
Carlos Rafael Barajona-Perez
Jose Fredi Cortez-Perdomo
Roadway: 
U.S. 281

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