Texas Teen Charged With Murder In Chase Crash Deaths

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EDINBURG (August 16, 2013)—Hector Ramirez, 18, of Roma has been charged with six counts of murder in a deadly crash that occurred as he tried to elude a state trooper in South Texas.

The charges were filed after Ramirez was released from a hospital where he was taken after the crash, Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Tom Vinger said.

He was held without bond Friday in the Hidalgo County Jail Friday morning.

Ramirez was free on bond at the time of the crash Monday after he was caught with marijuana when he attempted to cross into Mexico in a stolen vehicle on Aug. 5.

He was booked into the Hidalgo County Jail and then was later released on $25,000 bond.

On Monday he was driving a stolen pickup truck as he tried to elude the trooper, authorities said.

The pickup slammed into the SUV at an intersection.

The crash occurred at the corner of the front yard of the home of Diana Ramirez, 42, who said she ran barefoot from the porch after hearing the violent collision northwest and found a destroyed SUV surrounded by victims and body parts.

The six victims were identified as Olga Lidia Morales, 35, Jose U Ortiz, whose age wasn’t available and four children, including a 1-year-old, a 3-year-old and a 6-year-old.

Two other vehicles were also involved, authorities said and two adults and three children were hurt.

Hector Ramirez tried to run after the accident, but was arrested.