6 dead including 4 children dead after Texas police chase causes multi-vehicle crashBy Mason White 4:51 AM August 14, 2013
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By: Debbie Gross
(Scroll down for video) Six people are dead after a Texas police chase caused a multi-vehicle crash while pursuing a stolen truck, according to police reports.
The Texas Department of Public Safety said that four children and two adults died in southern Texas on Monday, when a stolen truck was pursued by the State Highway Patrol, rushed through an intersection, causing a multi-vehicle crash.
Two girls and two boys, along with two adults died when their Chevrolet Suburban was hit by the stolen truck driven by Hector Ramirez, 18, during a high-speed chase.
The department said those killed in the accident were Jose Luis Ortiz, 55, Olga Lidia Morales Cardoza, 35, Elias, 1, Fernanda, 3, Ricardo, 5, and Joseph, 6, all of Penitas, Texas. All children carried the last name of Ortiz.
Jesus Ortiz, 3, was also injured in the Suburban, the department said in a statement.
Ramirez tried to flee the scene, but was captured and remains in a local hospital. The Texas Department of Public Safety said it expects to file charges against Ramirez, once he is released from the hospital.
Two women, 42 and 39, and two children, ages 5 and 8, were also injured in two other vehicles involved in the accident.
Investigators said Ramirez stole the truck from a resident in Alton.
The state agency is investigating the accident, which occurred northwest of Mission, Texas, near the border with Mexico. Alton is located north of Mission.