Bossier City man allegedly responsible for high speed chase in west Texas that left 4 people dead

11 undocumented immigrants in suspect’s truck
Published: Mar. 16, 2023 at 3:25 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 16, 2023 at 7:28 PM CDT
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OZONA, Texas (KSLA) - A young man from Bossier City is facing numerous charges after four people were killed in a high speed chase in west Texas.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the incident happened Monday, March 13 and resulted in the deaths of a grandmother and granddaughter, Maria, 71, and Emilia Tambunga, 7, as well as two undocumented immigrants in their 40s from Mexico.

Info from law enforcement shows officers tried to stop a 2021 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck for an alleged speeding violation. That’s when the driver of the pickup, identified as Rassian Natery Comer, 22, of Bossier City, La., reportedly refused to stop, causing a chase to ensue. The report from Texas DPS says officers chased Comer east along I-10. At some point, the trooper lost sight of Comer and stopped chasing him. A short time later, a deputy with Crockett County spotted the truck. Comer then got onto a service road in Ozona, ran a red light at the intersection of 15th Street and Avenue E, then hit another pickup being driven by Maria; her granddaughter Emilia was the passenger.

The two undocumented immigrants killed were reportedly in the truck with Comer. All four victims were pronounced dead on-scene.

Comer was also injured in the crash; he was taken to a hospital in San Antonio in serious condition, the report from Texas DPS says.

Officials say there were 11 undocumented immigrants in Comer’s truck.

The wreck is being investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Preddy Funeral Home in Ozona posted obituaries for the Tambungas on Facebook.

Obituary: Maria Socorro Alvarez-Tambunga and Emilia Brooke Tambunga passed away together on Monday, March 13, 2023....

Posted by Preddy Funeral Home on Thursday, March 16, 2023