Authorities in Mission, Texas have identified the suspect who crashed into a vehicle Saturday while attempting to flee from police during a human smuggling attempt.
Esteban Cantu Jr., 18, an American citizen, has been charged with murder and aggravated assault in the deaths of Mission resident Carmen Huerta Sosa, 59, and her daughter, 22-year-old Viridiana Charon Lloyd. He was charged Saturday with felony evading and human smuggling.
Police said Cantu ran a stop sign Saturday while fleeing from Border Patrol agents and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and T-boned Sosa’s car.
Police said there were six illegal immigrants inside Cantu’s vehicle. One of the immigrants went through the windshield upon impact but survived. Cantu and his immigrant passengers were transported from the scene to an area hospital.
Cantu was arrested, formally charged, and arraigned before Mission Municipal Court Judge Jonathan Wehrmeister upon his release from the hospital. He was remanded to the Hidalgo County jail in lieu of the bonds set by Judge Wehrmeister.
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick remarked on Saturday’s incident, by saying the blood of Sosa and Lloyd are on the hands of President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris for their refusal to secure the border.