EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — A 23-year-old woman from Mexico died Thursday night after she was struck by a pickup on Interstate 10 near Van Horn,

The woman was part of a group of migrants that ran onto I-10 as they were being pursued on-foot by U.S. Border Patrol agents, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Sunday night.

Border agents responded to reports of 12 people heading north in the desert near Van Horn, a small town along the highway. Agents said they were searching for an hour before a group of migrants emerged from the brush and crossed a fence.

CBP said the agents then pursued the migrants, on-foot, as they ran toward the highway about 1 mile west of Van Horn.

A 57-year-old man from Peoria, Ariz., was driving east on I-10 and saw the large group of people running across the highway, but he could not avoid them in time and struck 23-year-old Yairet Zuleima Nunez of Moroleon, Guanajuato, the Texas Department of Public Safety said Friday.

The Culberson County emergency crews responded. However, the woman was declared dead at the scene.

DPS and CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility continue to investigate. The Department of Homeland Security’s DHS Office of Inspector General was also notified, according to a news release.


An undocumented migrant died on Thursday night after being hit by a vehicle on Interstate 10 near Van Horn.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the person was struck at about 10 p.m. Thursday. In a statement, CBP said, “Numerous agencies responded to the scene including CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility.”

CBP said they provide more details once an investigation of the incident is complete.

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