The alleged driver in a crash that left six people dead this week is facing federal charges.
Ivan Dario Puga-Moreno of Montemorelos, Mexico, is accused of driving a vehicle that was found in ditch near Robstown on Wednesday.
Six people were found dead at the scene and nine were taken to the hospital with injuries described as significant, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas.
The SUV was found in a ditch in a sorghum field.
An investigation revealed Puga-Moreno was the vehicle’s driver, a news release from the office states. A court document states he was trying to smuggle more than a dozen undocumented immigrants.
U.S. Border Patrol agents arrived at the site of the crash about 6:55 a.m. and found about six people in the vehicle. They appeared to be incoherent. Another seven people were found “in or near the vehicle and required medical assistance,” an arrest affidavit reads.
Nueces County Sheriff J.C. Hooper said the men were from Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.
SOURCE: Eleanor Dearman and Alexandria Rodriguez
Corpus Christi Caller Times