Alleged human smuggling attempt results fatal crash in Mission

by Benjamin Treviño | December 23rd, 2021 | Lawsuit, Legal Representation

A driver was arrested December 11 after an alleged human smuggling attempt ended in a fatal crash in Mission. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) a gray Ford Explorer SUV crashed with another vehicle after failing to yield right of way at an intersection.

The crash occurred at Trosper Road and Mile 2 Road. There were six passengers in the SUV, and at least one person in the vehicle died, according to Mission police.

The driver, identified as 18-year-old Esteban Cantu Jr., was arrested and charged with evading arrest, and human smuggling.

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