- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - A Houston woman must serve nearly seven years in prison over a South Texas traffic accident that claimed the life of a person suspected of being in the U.S. illegally.

Karin Yamilec Aguilar-Melgor was sentenced Wednesday in Corpus Christi. The 22-year-old driver in June pleaded guilty to a human smuggling charge.

Investigators say Aguilar-Melgor last February was behind the wheel of a pickup truck on a road near Falfurrias (fal-FYOO’-ree-uhs) transporting nine immigrants. Border Patrol agents noticed the people loading into the vehicle and approached, leading to a chase.

Authorities say the truck hit a tree near Falfurrias. A total of nine immigrants were detained, along with Aguilar-Melgor. One of the immigrants later died.

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