Passenger Fermin Estudillo Dies in Fatal Rio Grande Accident, 17-Year-Old Hugo Rivera Arrested
RIO GRANDE CITY, TX (January 9, 2023) – Officers arrested 17-year-old Hugo Ernest Rivera following a fatal car accident that killed 14-year-old Fermin Estudillo on FM 755 on January 1.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the collision happened north of Orchard around 8:53 AM. Based on a report, Rivera was driving a 2006 Chrysler 300 with Estudillo as a passenger.
They were traveling northbound on FM 755 when Rivera lost control of the vehicle, causing it to roll over. Estudillo was not wearing his safety belt and was ejected from the vehicle.
As a result, Estudillo died at the scene.
Rivera fled the scene but officers were able to apprehend and arrest him on murder, DWI with a minor, and failure to stop and render aid.
As of now, the crash remains under investigation.
We offer our sincere condolences to the bereaved family and friends of Fermin Estudillo.
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