Two other people were charged Tuesday in connection with the Texas migrant tragedy – including the accused driver of the tractor trailer that was transporting dozens of people who died in a botched smuggling run.
Homero Zamorano Jr., 45, the alleged driver, has been charged in a count of alien smuggling that resulted in death, the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas said in a press release.
His first court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.
Zamorano, of Pasadena, Texas, allegedly left the 18-wheeler parked at the side of a remote San Antonio road on Monday and fled the scene when witnesses heard a call for help and spotted the truck with the bodies piled inside and on the ground.
He attempted to impersonate one of the victims and was found hiding in a bush by police who arrested him at the scene. He was reportedly high on drugs at the time and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Surveillance footage of the tractor trailer passing an immigration checkpoint shows a person behind the wheel matching Zamorano’s description, investigators say.
The death toll from the horrific human smuggling incident rose to 53 on Wednesday – with two more people dying in hospitals in the area. At least 22 of the dead were Mexican, seven Guatemalans and two Hondurans. US authorities are working with foreign consulates to notify the families of the deceased.
Zamorano’s alleged co-conspirator Christian Martinez, 28, was also charged on Tuesday.
According to federal prosecutors, Martinez was connected to Zamorano about human smuggling. He was charged with conspiracy to transport illegal aliens, resulting in death.
If convicted, Zamorano and Martinez face the death penalty or up to life imprisonment.
Zamorano’s estranged wife told the Post on Wednesday that he was a good man and she was shocked to learn of his involvement.
Two other suspects, Juan Claudio D’Luna-Mendez, 23, and Juan Francisco D’Luna-Bilbao, 48, both Mexican nationals, had previously been charged with possession of firearms while in the United States illegally.
The mass death is one of the worst migrant deaths in recent history.
The articulated lorry carrying the migrants had no sign of water and no working air conditioning or cooling as temperatures soared to 103 degrees in San Antonio on Monday. The victims felt hot and suffered from heat stroke and dehydration, according to first responders.
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