Officials reported that in the early hours of Sunday, an SUV crashed into a group of people waiting at a bus stop in a Texas border city, resulting in the tragic death of eight individuals and leaving at least 10 others injured.
The victims, believed to be migrants, were gathered near the Ozanam Center, a Catholic Charities facility in Brownsville, according to a senior law enforcement official, NBC News has reported.
Initially, seven deaths were confirmed shortly after the collision occurred at approximately 8:30 a.m. Later on Sunday evening, Brownsville Mayor Trey Mendez announced an additional fatality, while emphasizing that several others remain in critical condition.
While initial assumptions pointed towards the incident being an intentional act, the senior law enforcement official clarified that it is currently unclear whether it was intentional, and investigations into the motive are ongoing.
Brownsville Lt. Martin Sandoval echoed this sentiment during an interview, explaining that the police are also exploring the possibilities of the driver being intoxicated or the incident being an accident.
Unfortunately, the driver, identified as a Hispanic male, has not been cooperative with investigators, as stated by Sandoval.
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