Homero Zamorano, accused driver of Texas migrant truck, charged in horror

Two more people were charged Tuesday in connection to the Texas migrant tragedy — including the accused driver of the tractor-trailer carrying the dozens of people who died in a botched smuggling run.

Homero Zamorano Jr., 45, the alleged driver, was charged with one count of alien smuggling resulting in death, the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas announced in a press release.

His initial court appearance is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Zamorano, of Pasadena, Texas, allegedly abandoned the 18-wheeler on the side of a remote road in San Antonio Monday and fled the scene when witnesses heard a cry for help and spotted the truck with bodies stacked inside the back as well as on the ground.

He was found hiding in a bush by police officers who arrested him at the scene. He was reportedly high on meth at the time and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Homero Zamorano was charged with alien smuggling resulting in death.
Migrant truck
Fifty-three migrants died in the truck Zamorano was driving.
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The death toll from the horrific human-smuggling incident rose to 53 on Wednesday.

Zamorano’s alleged co-conspirator, Christian Martinez, 28, was also charged Tuesday.

Martinez was in communications with Zamorano about the human smuggling, according to federal prosecutors. He was charged with one count of conspiracy to transport illegal aliens resulting in death.

Homero Zamorano
Zamorano reportedly posed as a migrant when he was caught.

Two other suspects, Juan Claudio D’Luna-Mendez, 23, and Juan Francisco D’Luna-Bilbao, 48, both Mexican citizens, had already been charged with possessing firearms while residing in the US illegally.

The mass casualty is one of the worst instances of migrant deaths in recent history.

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