POSTED: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 6:02pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 8:26am
HIDALGO COUNTY, TEXAS (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — A high-speed chase north of Mission ends tragically.
Six people are dead and five others from the accident are at different area hospitals. All six who died were from the same SUV. Four of them were under the age of seven.
The injured and deceased individuals’ names, ages, city of residence and the car they were traveling in are as follows:
Jesus Ortiz, age 3, Penitas, TX
Jose Luis Ortiz, age 55, Penitas, TX
Olga Lidia Morales-Cardoza, age 35, Penitas, TX
Elias Ortiz, age 1, Penitas, TX
Fernanda Ortiz, age 3, Penitas, TX
Ricardo Ortiz, age 5, Penitas, TX
Jose Ortiz, age 6, Penitas, TX
Lesbia Diaz Perez, age 42, Mission, TX
Maria Elizabeth Botello, age 39, Mission, TX
Ernesto Chavero, age 5
Orlando Chavero, age 8
The Department of Public Safety says the chase started after a pickup truck was stolen from the Alton Police Department. It ended at the intersection of Western Avenue and Seven Mile Road. "Everybody thought that a police car or rather an ambulance, was after a car," said Jaime Nunez, a witness at the scene. "But then I saw an immigration agent's car and I guess that made it clear that immigration was on this case also."
"There were four children, 2 adults, one family and a little one that they sent to the hospital," said a witness who only wished to be identified as Juanita. "On the property there were brains and pieces of leg."
DPS has identified the driver of the stolen truck as Hector Ramirez from Roma. After the crash, he fled and was arrested soon afterward. He's still at the hospital.
DPS says the crash is still under investigation.