A U.S. Border Patrol agent killed after being struck by a fleeing vehicle along the border in southeastern California was identified Sunday as a 32-year-old husband and father of two.
Senior Patrol Agent Luis Aguilar was trying to stop a suspected smuggler who had illegally entered the country from Mexico when he was hit, according to Agent Michael Bernacke, a spokesman for the agency’s Yuma sector.
The incident happened in California’s Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area about 20 miles west of Yuma at about 9 a.m. Saturday.
Bernacke said Aguilar was trying to place spike strips in the path of a Hummer and a Ford pickup truck on Interstate 8 when the suspected smuggler’s vehicle hit and killed him.
Both vehicles fled into Mexico.
The FBI is leading the investigation, along with other federal, state and local authorities.
Bernacke said Mexican authorities also have been contacted and that they are lending their full support.