Goverment to Pay $11Million for Border Agent's Accident

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The federal government will pay $11 million to the relatives of three women who were killed when an on-duty immigration agent ran a stop sign in 2009 in the El Centro, California.

Attorney Jim Frantz said the family of Sandra Garcia, who was driving the van that was struck, and Maria Nieto, a passenger, will receive $7.2 million.

Frantz says the family of a third passenger, Patricia Reyes, will receive $3.8 million.

Two children survived.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Cole Dotson was going more than 100 mph before he slammed into the victims' van.

Dotson was part of a team following a suspected methamphetamine
smuggler. He faces vehicular manslaughter charges in Imperial County.

He has pleaded not guilty.


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