Mission teen sentenced to 35 years in fatal human smuggling crash that killed mother, daughter

9 months 1 week 6 days ago Saturday, February 18 2023 Feb 18, 2023 February 18, 2023 1:17 PM February 18, 2023 in News - Local

A Mission teen will serve 35 years in jail after pleading guilty to murder in connection with a fatal human smuggling crash that resulted in the death of a mother and her daughter.

Carmen Huerta Sosa, 59, and her 22-year-old daughter, Viridiana Charon Lloyd, died on Dec. 2021 when the vehicle they were in was struck by a 2009 Ford Escape SUV driven by Esteban Cantu Jr. in Mission.

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Police say Cantu was fleeing from a U.S. Border Patrol unit while transporting six undocumented immigrants. The SUV collided with the 2014 Honda passenger vehicle occupied by Sosa and Lloyd at the intersection of West Mile 2 Line and Holland Road.

As part of his guilty plea, Cantu’s two counts of evading arrest or detention causing death and six counts of smuggling of persons were dismissed.

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