Tragedy befell the town of Brownsville, Texas, when a driver plowed through a group of people waiting at a bus stop. The May 7 incident claimed the lives of eight – six died at the scene and two later succumbed to their injuries in the hospital – with at least nine more wounded. It is still unknown whether it was an accident or intentional.
CNN identified the driver as George Alverez, 34, who police say has an extensive criminal record, which includes driving while intoxicated. He was charged on Monday with eight counts of manslaughter, 10 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and reckless driving, with the possibility of more charges when his toxicology report returns. Video taken by bystanders shows that Alverez attempted to flee the scene before witnesses detained him.
Brownsville Police spokesman Martin Sandoval explained that the investigation is still ongoing, and there are many questions left to answer:
“We are looking at it three different ways,” Sandoval said. “One, to see if he was intoxicated. We took a blood sample, and we have to turn it over to the Texas DPS crime lab. Two, we have to look at it as a malfunction of the car. Or three it could be intentional. All of these are possibilities.”
Reports note that witnesses saw the gray Range Rover ignore a red light as it approached the bus stop, where over a dozen people were sitting on the curb. Chilling footage of the moments leading up to the tragedy, on The Independent, show that the driver made no attempt to slow his vehicle.