Illegal Migrant’s Sneaky Ride on Tractor-Trailer Ends in Death
Laredo, TX – An illegal migrant has died from injuries sustained when he fell from and then was run over by a big rig last week.
According to local outlet LMTonline, the incident occurred on Wednesday, August 11, at approximately 5:22 p.m. near the 7100 block of Old Santa Maria Avenue in Laredo.
Investigators with the Laredo Police Department (LPD) said a 30-year-old male, along with a man claiming to be the victim’s brother and a female, climbed on to a tractor-trailer parked at a nearby fueling station.
A short time later, the three of them decided to get off while the tractor-trailer was stopped at a red light.
However, LPD said the victim slipped and fell underneath the rig and was crushed when the vehicle began accelerating.
LPD indicated the truck driver was unaware the three individuals — which had recently illegally crossed into the U.S. from Mexico — had climbed onto the rear of the tractor.
The victim was transported to Laredo Medical Center where he underwent emergency surgery for severe internal injuries.
On Thursday, LPD announced the man had succumbed to his injuries.
The truck driver was not cited in the accident.