Mother and daughter killed trying to illegally enter US – 2 June 1960

There are still many unanswered questions in a case that could have prompted a political crisis with deportation of migrants, including families and unaccompanied children A mother and daughter died after a man who…

Mother and daughter killed trying to illegally enter US – 2 June 1960

There are still many unanswered questions in a case that could have prompted a political crisis with deportation of migrants, including families and unaccompanied children

A mother and daughter died after a man who authorities say was trying to illegally enter the United States along the US-Mexico border crashed his vehicle while trying to evade law enforcement.

Nicholas and Sara Martinez Reyes were killed on 20 June after crossing into Mexico from Sonora, Mexico, north of the Arizona border.

“This heinous crime is an example of the enormous loss of life we must prevent at our southern border,” San Diego police chief Shelley Zimmerman said.

Neither Sara, 21, nor her mother, 30, had known that the man had entered the country illegally, said Gabriel Salazar, owner of El Vaquero, a café in Tijuana and close to the scene of the crash.

Police tracked down the man after the Texas Rangers issued a statewide bulletin requesting the public’s help identifying and locating the driver.

The suspect is still at large and authorities will not disclose his name until they track him down.

The accident occurred near Agua Prieta, which is near the border and is famous for its bike path that takes riders a short distance from the border into the Mexican desert. He blew a stop sign and crashed in the middle of the bike path, authorities said.

The driver, who is originally from Mexico and is in his 30s, was taken to a hospital for a medical evaluation but was released. The driver was not cooperative with authorities, and gave a false name.

“He was trying to make a run for it,” San Diego police said.

San Diego and other state police agencies are working closely with the Department of Homeland Security and US Border Patrol to search for the suspect.

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