Suspected drug dealer fleeing police crashes into family, kills 3-year-old -

Suspected drug dealer fleeing police crashes into family, kills 3-year-old

SAN ANTONIO -- A suspected drug dealer has been charged with capital murder after police say he caused a deadly wreck while fleeing from officers on Wednesday afternoon.

A federal judge on Thursday formally charged 30-year-old David Rodriguez and four other men on charges ranging from conspiracy to possession with intent to distribute more than 2,700 pounds of marijuana.

This all started as an undercover operation at a known drug house in south Bexar County.

Police said they were detaining people leaving the suspected drug house when Rodriguez  drove by in a black Chevrolet Suburban and refused to pull over.

A chase continued for several minutes until the officer backed off and called for the SAPD Blue Eagle helicopter.

The officer then spotted the Rodriguez again, police said, prompting Rodriguez to turn around and head north on I-35 near Shepherd Road.

Rodriguez allegedly tried to ram the officer, but missed. Instead, police said he slammed into a family of six, instantly killing 3-year-old Walter Maspero.

At last report, 30-year-old Jimmy Leyba, 30-year-old Regina Acosta, 4-year-old Wyitt Maspero and newborn Wynnsday Maspero were all in stable condition.

One-year-old Wesley Maspero was listed in critical condition as of Thursday.

Rodriguez was arrested and charged with capital murder. His bond was set at $2 million.

Police said they also found about 417 pounds of marijuana inside his vehicle.

Bexar County records show Rodriguez had a 2007 conviction for possession of marijuana.

The other suspects arrested in the drug raid include Brock Lassiter, Joseph Whitley, Michael Gomez and John Salinas.

For the drug charges each man could face a minimum of 10 years to life. According to court records back in 2010 detectives searched the same property where the drugs were found, but nothing came up back then. 

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