Homero Zamorano, the driver of the tractor-trailer involved in the San Antonio tragedy, has been officially charged with human smuggling. If convicted, he faces life in prison or the death penalty. This is an update to the article BTU released this morning as the Department of Justice has released a statement.
Also charged Tuesday was an accomplice, Christian Martinez, 28. He faces a charge of conspiracy to transport illegal aliens resulting in death. That charge could place him in prison for life or he could receive the death penalty.
In a Department of Justice press release, more information about the incident has been made public. A total of 64 migrants were in the trailer. Of the 64, 53 have now passed away; 22 were Mexican nationals, seven Guatemalan nationals, two Honduran nationals and 17 of unknown origin but suspected to be undocumented non-citizens (UNCs).
Sixteen of the 64 undocumented individuals were transported to local hospitals for medical evaluation. To date, five of the 16 have died at the hospital. Officials are working with foreign consulate offices for proper notifications to family members of the deceased.
Zamorano’s wife makes statement
On Wednesday, The New York Post released an exclusive statement by Jennifer Duncan, the estranged wife of Zamorano, driver of the tractor-trailer used in the San Antonio human smuggling incident. According to Duncan, “He was a good man. I’m in shock, I don’t know what to say about it. I know he wouldn’t do anything if he knew it was gonna harm anybody.”
Zamorano was found “very high on meth” by law enforcement officers in the brush near the abandoned rig. He tried to pass himself off as a migrant when he was captured, according to Vanguardia, a Mexican-based newspaper.