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Five Children Killed in East Texas Crash [UPDATED]

A sport utility vehicle taking 10 children to Splash Kingdom Water Park in Canton veered out of control Monday and overturned on Interstate 20 near Van, killing five children and injuring six other occupants of the vehicle.

A DPS report released Tuesday says dead on the scene were three girls: 13-year-old Rosvaelia Jaimes, 2-year-old Urit Jaimes and 6-year-old Saideth Acuna.  Three children were flown to area hospitals. A boy, 7-year-old Omar Jaimes, was pronounced dead a short time later at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. Another girl, 3-year-old Ulisa Acuna, was pronounced dead at Renaissance Hospital in Terrell. The third child remains in critical condition at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas.

Two additional children who were transported by ambulance to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas have been treated and released.

Two women passengers, 34-year-old Estela Torres and 33-year-old Elida Jaimes, were taken by ambulance to East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, where they were last listed in critical condition.  A 13-year-old girl, one of the only seat belted occupants in the vehicle, was treated and released from East Texas Medical Center in Tyler. The driver, 36-year-old Federico Esquivel Acuna, was seat belted and was uninjured.

There is an ongoing investigation and no charges have been filed at this time, although Acuna could face criminal negligent homicide charges since the children were not wearing seat belts.

DPS Trooper Jean Dark says the GMC Envoy rolled several times, ejecting 10of the unrestrained occupants, before coming to rest on its top in the grass area between the interstate and the service road.

Investigators say a tire blowout caused the overloaded SUV to crash. In all, 12 people were in the vehicle.


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East Texas Man Sentenced on Federal Child Pornography Violations

A Gilmer, Texas man, now living in Tyler, Texas, has been sentenced to federal prison for child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Patrick Edward Wornick, 54, pleaded guilty on June 1, 2012, to possession of child pornography and was sentenced to 80 months in federal prison on Aug. 20, 2012, by U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap.  Wornick was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,000.

According to information presented in court, on Oct. 6, 2011, law enforcement officers executed a federal search warrant at Wornick’s Gilmer residence for suspected child pornography after images were reported to being uploaded to an Internet website from Wornick’s internet provider address.  During the investigation, wornick admitted to downloading child pornography over the internet and subsequently gave permission for the search of his computer.  A forensic analysis of the computer revealed 600 images of child pornography, some of which depicted prepubescent minors under 12 years of age engaged in sadistic or masochistic conduct.

This case was investigated by the Longview Police Department’s Cyber Crimes Unit and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christopher T. Tortorice and Jim Middleton


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