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Teen faces 6 murder charges for killing family while being chased by police

By Mason White 4:50 AM August 16, 2013
Scene of the crash 

By: Ryan Lee Hall
(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested and charged with murder related charges after he killed 6 members of one family while being chased down by police, according to police reports in Texas.

The Texas Department of Public Safety, also known as DPS, said that a man, 18, who drove a truck into three vehicles while fleeing police in southern Texas, was charged with murder.

In a statement, the DPS said that an arrest warrant against Hector Ramirez of Roma has been issued by a justice of the peace in the fatal accident on Monday near Mission. The DPS statement said Ramirez was hospitalized with undisclosed injuries, but will be arrested and charged upon his release.

Mexican consular officials in South Texas have asked the U.S. authorities for a detailed report on the high-speed chase that ended this week in the death of six members of a family originally from Mexico.
Jose Manuel Gutierrez Minera of the Mexican consulate in McAllen expressed regret for the deaths in a statement.

As we reported earlier, 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.