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Mother, 5-year-old son among 6 killed in I-95 crash

Posted at 3:31 PM, Jun 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-23 00:38:38-04

CAROLINE COUNTY, Va. -- On the day the man charged in a fatal crash that killed six people on Interstate 95 appeared in court, police released the names of the three men, one woman and a child killed in the crash:

Epifanio Texmoxtle, 33, of Mexico (male)
Elvira Montiel, 40, of Mexico, (female)
Josè Montiel, 5, of Mexico (male and son of Elvira Montiel)
Andres F. Francisco, 36, of Guatemala (male)
Juan Diego, 37, of Guatemala (male)

Police are still working to get in contact with the sixth victim's family before releasing that victim's name.

According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) all of the victims were in the country illegally, including the driver.

On Tuesday, ICE lodged a detainer on the driver of the van, Wenceslao Cruz-Marquez, who is currently at Pamunkey Regional Jail.

All six people who died in the crash were thrown from a passenger van that overturned at about 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 18.

6 people killed in fatal van crash

"None of the van’s adult occupants was wearing a seatbelt nor was the juvenile secured in a booster seat as required by Virginia law," Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Steve Vick said. "Further investigation by state police revealed only the van’s driver and front-seat passenger seat belts were properly functioning. The van was traveling from North Carolina to New Jersey."

The van driver, 50-year-old Wenceslao Cruz-Marquez, was charged with Involuntary Manslaughter and Reckless Driving.

He was ordered to remain in custody without bond following his arraignment Wednesday morning in Caroline County Court. His preliminary hearing date was set for August 12.

Wenceslao Cruz-Marquez (PHOTO: Virginia State Police)

Wenceslao Cruz-Marquez (PHOTO: Virginia State Police)

Cruz-Marquez and nine other passengers suffered serious injuries in the crash.

Police said it appeared Cruz-Marquez overcorrected while driving north on Interstate 95.

That caused the van to come back across the northbound travel lanes and strike a northbound 2016 Toyota Camry.

"The impact of that crash caused the Toyota to spin around and the Dodge van overturn approximately five to six times before finally come to a stop. Six of the van’s 16 occupants were ejected and died at the scene," Vick said. "Driver fatigue is being considered as a factor in the crash."

The driver of the Camry was not hurt, police said.

Virginia State Police, the NTSB and other Federal agencies part of this investigation.