A high-speed pursuit led to the death of five illegal immigrants who were fleeing from authorities in an SUV Sunday. Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd said the crash took place off Highway 85 around noon at Big Wells after the SUV lost control and flipped over. Boyd said the vehicle was traveling at speeds in excess of 100 mph when the crash occurred.
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Fourteen people were inside of the fleeing SUV including the driver and passenger. Twelve of the immigrants were ejected and four died at the scene when the car crashed and rolled. A total of 9 people were taken to local hospitals as well as San Antonio Military Medical Center where a fifth passenger died.
The driver of the vehicle is believed to be a U.S. citizen and was among the injured passengers taken to the hospital. Boyd said the reason the vehicle was pursued to begin with was "good police work" after a border patrol agent witnessed a smuggling attempt. The agent witnessed three vehicles traveling in a row and suspected illegal activity was taking place. He managed to stop one of the vehicles and put a call out on the radio for the other two.
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Multiple arrests were made from the other two vehicles but a third vehicle refused to stop. Boyd added that human trafficking is a huge problem in the area and there needs to be a wall built on the border. US Border Patrol, Texas Department of Public Safety, Dimmit County Sheriff’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations, and Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Professional Responsibility are all investigating the incident.
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