At Least 8 Dead after a driver drove into a group of migrants in Texas on Sunday outside a center that serves homeless people in this city near the border.
34 Year-Old George Alvarez of Brownsville who has an extensive rap sheet was later arrested after he ran into pedestrians who were standing at a bus stop outside a migrant shelter in South Texas, killing at least eight people.
He faces numerous charges, including 8 counts of manslaughter and 10 counts of assault with a deadly weapon. Alvarez is currently in custody of police with a bond set at $3.6 million.
The eight people who died in the crash were migrants, officials confirmed.
There were about 20 to 25 migrants sitting on the curb at around 8:30 a.m. when police reported receiving reports of the crash, according to the shelter’s director. The migrants were from Venezuela and had arrived at the shelter just days ago, Maldonado said.
The driver received medical care and was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving, Brownsville Police spokesman Martin Sandoval said.
The fatal crash comes as border towns like Brownsville are bracing for a migrant surge when the public health emergency measure known as Title 42 lapses on Thursday. US Customs and Border Protection officials already have seen an uptick in migrants at the border with Mexico in anticipation of the expiration of Title 42.