DPS identifies victims of deadly hit-and-run Midland County crash

Jose Baldassari. (Photos: DPS)
Jose Baldassari. (Photos: DPS)(KOSA)
Published: Jul. 11, 2018 at 9:36 PM CDT
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DPS identified the two victims of the deadly hit-and-run Midland County crash.

DPS states that the five-vehicle crash occurred on Tuesday at 12:49 p.m. on Interstate 20, near FM 1788 overpass, 10 miles west of Midland.

Traffic was stalled on interstate 20 due to a roll over crash that had occurred earlier to the accident.

That is when the 2006 Peterbuilt, truck tractor driven by 48-year-old Jose Gilvane Oliveira Baldassari struck a 2004, Chevrolet pickup occupied by Ricardo N. Silva Martinez and Bladimir V. Rodriguez.

This caused a chain reaction of collisions and three vehicles stopped in front of the Chevrolet pickup were also struck.

According to DPS reports, Silva Martinez of Mexico and Rodriguez of Florida were both pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

DPS reports also state that everyone involved in the accident was wearing their seat belt.


Jose Gilvane Oliveira Baldassari was arrested early Thursday morning around 2:20 a.m. by U.S. Boder Patrol.

DPS states that Baldassari was seen walking east on Texas 20 near Silverman road, six miles east of the Marcelino Serna Port of Entry in El Paso County.

Border Patrol Agents made contact with Baldassari identified him and took him into custody for immigration violations.

At the Clint, Texas Border Patrol, Baldassari's biometric information was entered into the national database by BP agents and came back with an alert/warrants for manslaughter.

The warrants were related to the fatal crash that occurred Tuesday afternoon in Midland County.


The suspect of a deadly hit-and-run crash that claimed the lives of two people on Interstate 20 has now been arrested.

Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter says that he was informed by the U.S. Border Patrol that agents caught Jose Baldassari in Fabens Wednesday night.

According to Sheriff Painter, Baldassari was in Fabens looking for a train heading to Mexico.

Baldassari has now been booked into the El Paso County Jail. He will be transferred to Midland County after going before a judge.

Baldassari is being charged with two counts of manslaughter.


Jose Baldassari is wanted for two counts of man slaughter following the fatal hit and run accident on Tuesday afternoon near I-20 and FM 1788.

“Our main concern is finding this individual at this time," DPS Sergeant Oscar Villarreal said.

DPS describes Baldassari as 5'7'' and heavyset. They believe he was searching for his personal vehicle after the crash.

A longtime Midland resident, Robert Rios Espinoza, says he drove by the crash Tuesday afternoon. Espinoza says accidents like this one come at no surprise.

“If you’re too tired, pull over and go asleep. There are a lot of families in vehicles that you could kill," he said.

If you have any information or see Baldassari, call the DPS or Crime Stoppers at (432) 333-TIPS.