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20-year-old from Eagle Pass among five charged over incident leading to 5 deaths in Big Wells

A total of 23 migrants were involved in the incident that took place in Big Wells

Del Rio, TX – A total of five individuals were charged associated to the immigrant smuggling incident that took place in Big Wells.

20-year-old Jorge Luis Monsivais Jr., from Eagle Pass among the five individuals formally charged in relation to the incident.

The drastic crash occurred on Sunday around noon time after Border Patrol agents attempted to stop three suspicious vehicles traveling in convoy.

According to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, when agents tried to inspect the three Chevrolet made vehicles – a 2007 Suburban and a 2008 Tahoe triggered a high-speed chase struggling to escape from BP Agents. The third vehicle, a 2013 Tahoe did without remark stop as directed.

The 2007 suburban attempted to escape at a speed superior than 100 miles per hour, until driver lost control and overturned on Highway 85 close to Big Wells, Texas.

Monsivais was the driver of said vehicle, carrying 13 migrants where four lost their lives at the scene and another on the way to the hospital.

The driver of the other vehicle that attempted to escape from authorities was an unidentified 17-yeal-old U.S. Citizen which was detained and remains in custody of Dimmit County authorities.

55-year-old Marcial Gomez Santana was the third driver of the vehicles involved that did not take off when instructed by BP.

A total of 23 migrants were involved in the incident; 21 of Mexican origin and 2 from Honduras.

This case highlights the tension that is being perceived by the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy towards illegal immigration which in some cases includes the separation of children from their families.

The aftermath of the incident was recorded on live video by a witness:


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