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Police identify driver who hit crowd of migrants, killing 8

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(NewsNation) — Police identified George Alvarez, 34, as the driver of the SUV that crashed into a group of migrants, killing eight.

Alvarez has been charged with eight counts of manslaughter and 10 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, Brownsville police announced Monday.

Officials say all the victims were males.

Alvarez is a Brownsville resident with a lengthy criminal record, including charges of driving while intoxicated, aggravated assault and assault against the elderly or disabled, police said.

The group was waiting for a bus outside a migrant center Sunday in the border city of Brownsville, Texas. At least 10 others were injured, authorities say.

Officers found the suspect on the scene after having struck a total of 18 individuals. Police reported six fatalities on-arrival, the number increased to eight later in the day.

With no bench at the unmarked city bus stop, some of the victims were sitting on the curb around 8:30 a.m. when the driver hit them, surveillance video from the Bishop Enrique San Pedro Ozanam Center showed.


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