Brownsville: A driver of an SUV rammed into a crowd of people at a bus stop BrownsvilleAnd TexasPolice said on Monday that the defendants were charged with premeditated murder resulting in the deaths of eight people.
The authorities believe the driver George AlvarezThe 34-year-old, of Brownsville, lost control after a red light came on Sunday morning and rushed into a crowd of Venezuelans outside an immigrant center. The authorities are still investigating whether the accident was intentional.
Police Chief Felix Sauceda said Alvarez was charged with eight counts of manslaughter and 10 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Suseda said in a press conference on Monday morning that the SUV ran a red light, lost control, flipped on its side and collided with 18 people. He added that six people were killed at the scene and 12 others were seriously injured. Officials said the death toll later rose to eight.
He said Alvarez tried to flee, but was stopped at the scene by several people.
He said the victims who were hit by the car were waiting for the bus to return to downtown Brownsville after spending the night at the night shelter. Sister Norma PimentelExecutive Director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley.
Shelter director Victor Maldonado said most of the victims were Venezuelan men. Authorities said Brownsville has seen an increase in the number of Venezuelan immigrants over the past two weeks, for reasons that are not clear. On Thursday, 4,000 of the nearly 6,000 immigrants in Border Patrol custody in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley were Venezuelans.
Police recovered a blood sample and sent it to a Texas Department of Public Safety laboratory for testing for toxic substances.


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