Venezuelan migrant who lost leg in Brownsville bus stop crash pleads with Biden for help

One of the victims injured in a crash in a Texas border town that killed eight people earlier this week is pleading with President Joe Biden for help.

Gabriel Gallardo was one of the nearly two dozen people waiting at a bus stop near a migrant shelter in Brownsville around 8:30 a.m. Sunday when an SUV sped through a red light and drove into the crowd, surveillance video shows.

Brownsville is a city located on the western Gulf Coast in South Texas, just across the border from the Mexican city of Matamoros. Authorities say most of the victims are believed to be migrants who had stayed overnight at the shelter known as Ozanam Center.

Gallardo, who had his leg partially amputated, told Noticias Telemundo on Monday he had just arrived in the U.S. after leaving Venezuela with his wife and two children.

“I came to offer my kids a better future and just got here yesterday — I arrived and now I don’t have a leg,” the 27-year-old said from a hospital bed in a video directed at President Joe Biden.

“I’m hoping that my mom, Nancy, my wife, Andreina, and my kids, Gabriel and Angel, can come,” he said in the video, according to NBC News. “I’m hoping you’ll give us consideration after everything that we suffered yesterday.”

Seven people remained hospitalized as of Tuesday morning.

The suspect, identified by authorities as 34-year-old George Alvarez, was charged on Monday with eight counts of manslaughter and 10 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Alvarez is a Brownsville resident with an “extensive rap sheet,” said Police Chief Felix Sauceda.

Officials are awaiting the results of a toxicology report to see if the suspect was intoxicated at the time of the crash. An investigation to determine whether the crash was intentional is still ongoing.

With News Wire Services