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16th person identified from deadly Goliad wreck

July 27, 2012 at 2:27 a.m.
Updated July 28, 2012 at 2:28 a.m.


Officers identified another person on Friday from Sunday's one-vehicle wreck in Goliad County that killed 15 illegal immigrants and injured eight, said Department of Public Safety Sgt. Jonathon Christian.

Of the 23 people in the truck, 16 have now been identified. Of those, seven are alive and nine are dead.

One living person and six of the dead have not been identified, Christian said.

Six people are still in area hospitals, said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's spokesman Gregory Palmore.

The truck carrying the 22 Guatemalan and Honduran illegal immigrants was headed to Houston on U.S. Highway 59 when it lost the tread on the front right tire.

The driver, Ricardo Mendoza-Pineda, 22, of Mexico. then crashed into a tree three miles south of Farm-to-Market Road 1351

The names of the passengers will not be released until the families have been identified.

"We are not releasing names quite yet," Christian said. "But we are working closely with the consulates to get the families notified."


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