A high speed chase involving a stolen pickup truck ended in a multi-vehicle accident killing four kids and their parents in Mission, Texas.
According to Police Chief Enrique Soleto of the Alton Police Department, the accident took place at an intersection located less than 10 miles from the US-Mexico border Monday afternoon, where 18 year old Hector Ramirez crashed a pickup truck into three vehicles, including a Chevrolet Suburban during a police pursuit. The pursuit was started when a Texas Highway Patrol sergeant spotted the pickup truck, which had been reported stolen a week earlier.
Inside the Chevrolet Suburban was a family of seven, six of whom were killed in the crash. The lone survivor was a three year old boy named Jesus Ortiz, who was airlifted to a nearby hospital. Those killed were identified as 55 year old Jose Luis Ortiz, 35 year old Olga Lidia Morales-Cardoza, six year old Jose Ortiz, five year old Ricardo Ortiz, three year old Fernanda Ortiz, and one year old Elias Ortiz.
A spokesman from the Mission Regional Medical Center in Mission reported that three others involved in the crash, a 39 year old mother and her five and eight year old children suffered minor injuries, but were released from the hospital by Monday evening. Another spokeswoman from the South Texas Health System also reported that three other adults were taken to McAllen Medical Center in McAllen, Texas, where they are currently listed in stable condition.
Following the crash, Ramirez allegedly attempted to flee the scene, but was caught quickly and taken to an area hospital. Upon his release, he will face a litany of criminal charges. An investigation has also been launched by the Texas Department of Public Safety, as they say it is unclear how the high speed chase was initiated.
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