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Law enforcement officials in Brownsville, Texas, identified the man accused of driving over 18 people near the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday as 34-year-old George Alvarez.
Video of the incident showed a gray Range Rover traveling at a high rate of speed when it struck the individuals sitting on the sidewalk. Video of the aftermath showed numerous bodies severely disfigured, including victims who had missing limbs, with the road and sidewalk covered in blood.
“The SUV ran a red light, lost control, flipped on its side and stuck a total of 18 individuals,” said Brownsville Police Chief Felix Sauceda during a press conference on Monday. “It was further found that there were six fatalities on scene and 12 critically injured. From then to now fatalities have grown to eight. The investigation also revealed that the driver of the vehicle, later identified as George Alvarez, had attempted to flee the scene after impact, but was held down by several individuals on scene.”
“George Alvarez is a Brownsville local with an extensive rap sheet,” Sauceda added. “He has been formally charged and arraigned with eight counts of manslaughter and 10 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.”
Sauceda said that the suspect was being held on $3.6 million bond.
Police displayed a poster board that listed Alvarez’s criminal history, which included Aggravated Assault with a deadly weapon (x2), Assault against Elderly or Disabled, Assault Causing Bodily Injury to a Family Member (x4), Assault of Public Servant, Burglary of a vehicle (x2), Assault Causing Bodily Injury, Criminal Mischief (x2), Driving While Intoxicated, Evading Arrest Detention, Interference with Public Duties, Obstruction or Retaliation, Possession of Marijuana, Resisting Arrest Search or Transport (x3), Theft of Property.
Police said Alvarez was not cooperating, and law enforcement is still investigating whether the incident was an intentional criminal act.