TikTok star Gabriel Salazar, 19, was driving three undocumented immigrants from Mexico during the night time of his fatal, high-speed police chase in Texas in a suspected smuggling case, in keeping with the Zavala County, Texas Sheriff’s Office and native media stories.
All 4 occupants had been killed after Salazar crashed into a number of bushes alongside Highway 83 in La Pryor, Texas – about 50 miles from the Mexican border – and the automobile flipped over and caught hearth.
Salazar and Luiz Jimenez Mora, 41, Jose Molina-Lara, 23, and Sergio Espinoza-Flores, 36, had been all killed on the scene, police mentioned.
Salazar is a Hunstville, Texas resident, however the Zavala County Sheriff’s Office mentioned in a Facebook assertion on Wednesday, that they had been notified by Homeland Security ‘that three out of the 4 males that died on account of the accident had been recognized as unlawful immigrants from Mexico.’
A regulation enforcement supply conversant in the case advised the Houston Chronicle, ‘It’s a smuggling state of affairs is what’s seems to be like.’
‘We’ve had smuggling crashes in Del Rio and by Eagle Pass, Uvalde, however the majority are there in Carrizo and Crystal City, alongside (Highway) 83 all the way in which all the way down to Ashton.’
Crystal City police tried to tug over Salazar’s white 2014 white Chevrolet Camaro – which might attain speeds of 184mph and prices almost $25,000 – on Highway 83 round 1:20am Sunday, however the teenager refused to conform.
Cops deployed a tire deflation system, but it surely failed, and Salazar saved driving north alongside Highway 83, left the roadway right into a grassy space and crashed into a number of bushes.
Officials from the La Pryor Fire Department, Crystal City Volunteer Fire Department and Alamo EMS responded and advised News4 San Antonio that that they had hassle placing out the hearth as a result of gas saved spewing from a ruptured fuel tank and fed the inferno.
TikTok star Gabriel Salazar, 19, has died following a automobile accident on Sunday in Zavala County, Texas after a police chase that concerned a suspected smuggling case
According to the police report, officers tried to cease Salazar whereas he was driving a white Chevrolet Camaro round 1.25am however he refused to tug over. The automobile ultimately crashed right into a tree and rolled over a number of occasions earlier than catching hearth
The crash occurred in La Pryor, Texas, about 50 miles from the Mexican border
In his final Instagram put up, Salazar leaned on the hood of a white Chevrolet Camaro sporting a black hoodie, black sweatpants and white sneakers and captioned the photograph, which he shared along with his greater than 757,000 followers: ‘Should I get my septum again?’
Homeland Security mentioned assertion to the Houston Chronicle that it assisted the Texas Department of Public Safety in La Pryor however did not identify Salazar within the assertion.
‘On September 26, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Eagle Pass, Texas, assisted Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) in Zavala County with a vehicular accident which occurred close to LaPryor, Texas, that resulted within the dying of 4 people,’ HSI mentioned.
‘The incident is suspected of being a doable human smuggling occasion. No extra particulars are being launched presently; because the felony investigation stays ongoing.’
Salazar joined TikTok in 2019 and collected greater than two million followers earlier than his sudden dying. He usually shared movies of himself lip syncing and dancing.
On Instagram – the place he has greater than 775,000 followers – the Brownsville, Texas, native confirmed off his love for vehicles and posed with the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro simply days earlier than the fatal crash in his final put up earlier than the crash.
Salazar (pictured) was one among three individuals who died within the fiery crash on Sunday in Texas
Salazar’s older sister Danna Salazar (pictured proper together with her brother), confirmed her brother’s passing on Instagram Monday night time
Salazar was often called GabeNotBabe on social media and boasted greater than 2million followers on TikTok and 757,000 on Instagram
In his final put up earlier than his dying, Salazar is seen leaning on the hood of the white Chevrolet Camaro sporting a black hoodie, black sweatpants and white sneakers and captioned the photograph: ‘Should I get my septum again?’ referring to a nostril piercing.
Salazar had two Instagram story highlights devoted to vehicles on his profile, too – one titled Whip and one other merely of an emoji of a pink automobile.
Before his final photograph, he shared lots of footage of a Black Ford Mustang. In one story spotlight, a driver did donuts within the sports activities automobile in a parking zone with a good friend within the passenger seat.
In one other clip, he filmed a pickup drug doing donuts round a lamppost. It was unclear if Salazar was within the driver’s seat in both video.
‘I’m niceee [sic] with it’ he wrote on one other video of a automobile skidding on an empty road at night time. In one clip Salazar posted, the speedometer confirmed that the unidentified driver was going 90mph.
Sunday’s fatal crash occurred 5 days after his final put up. His older sister Danna Salazar, confirmed her brother’s dying on Instagram Monday night time, and tributes for the younger social media persona instantly flooded in.
Danna captioned a sequence of images of her brother in Spanish: ‘I’d give something to have you ever right here with us, we’d like you a lot. I’ll now not have the ability to see your stunning smile. I like you little brother. I hope to see you quickly.’
Salazar’s greatest good friend and fellow TikToker Ricky Flores began the hashtag ‘LLG’ – Long Live Gabe – alongside images he posted of him and his late good friend.
‘Words cannot even clarify how I really feel proper now. Man I might do something to get you again proper now bro,’ he added.
Salazar had just lately graduated from a Texas highschool and determined to pursue content material creation full time.
He is survived by his dad and mom, older sister and youthful brother, who he didn’t usually reveal on his social media pages.
Officials from the La Pryor Fire Department, Crystal City Volunteer Fire Department and Alamo EMS responded and advised News4 San Antonio that that they had hassle placing out the hearth because of a ruptured fuel tank that was spilling gas
Salazar confirmed off his love for vehicles on his Instagram web page, the place he has greater than 775,000 followers. Before the photograph with the Camaro he shared lots of images of a Black Ford Mustang. In one story spotlight he filmed a driver doing donuts within the sports activities automobile in a parking zone (proper) with a good friend within the passenger seat. In one other clip, he filmed a pickup drug doing donuts round a lamppost (left). It was unclear if Salazar was within the driver’s seat in both clip
Salazar’s greatest good friend and fellow TikToker Ricky Flores (proper) began the hashtag ‘LLG’ – Long Live Gabe – alongside images he posted of him and his late good friend