Suspect Charged with Murder in High Speed Chase Death

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POSTED: Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 9:08am

UPDATED: Monday, March 28, 2011 - 9:16pm

Eric Christopher Gonzalez appeared before a judge on Friday after sending police on a deadly chase through Harlingen.

The pursuit started on New Hampshire Avenue on Thursday morning as police followed Gonzalez, who is suspected to be involved in drugs, and attempted to pull him over on a traffic violation. The chase ended with Gonzalez running a red light and crashing his vehicle into a Nissan car and killing 44 year-old Maria De La Luz Osornio. Police at the scene found marijuana loaded in the truck and a gun.

Gonzalez was charged with murder, aggravated assault, felon in possession of a weapon, evading arrest and possession of marijuana. A female passenger, Nydia Gonzalez, was also arraigned and faces charges of possession of marijuana.

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This guy has been in trouble with the law all his life. Talk about a piece of trash. A man born to lose. I grew up with this guy. When we were kids he lived down the street from me. I remember him always being in trouble. Always doing the wrong thing. He has committed more crimes than you can count; from bank robbery, drugs, weapons, etc. Why he was still on the streets is ridiculous. The justice system in the valley is an absoulute joke. An innocent woman is dead because of this idiot.

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