A teenager accused of killing six members of a family by crashing into their SUV while fleeing a state trooper in South Texas earlier this week was in jail Friday after being formally charged with six counts of murder.
Hector Ramirez, 18, of Roma, was arraigned Thursday after being released from a hospital where he was treated following the crash, Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Tom Vinger said.
Ramirez was denied bond and remained in the Hidalgo County jail Friday morning. A jail official had no attorney information for him.
At the time of Monday's crash, Ramirez was out on bond after being arrested a week earlier while trying to cross into Mexico in a stolen vehicle. Customs officers also found him in possession of marijuana.
Ramirez was fleeing a DPS sergeant northwest of Mission on Monday at high speed when DPS says he ran a red light, slamming into three vehicles. One of them was a Chevrolet Suburban carrying seven members of a Penitas family. Six of them, including four children, died.
DPS policy on pursuits leaves it up to the individual officer to decide when to abandon the chase, such as "when it becomes evident that continued pursuit will bring about unwarranted danger to the public or to the officer."
DPS officials have declined to say more about the incident while it remains under investigation.