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Illegal indicted in death of local business owner

Another illegal alien indicted for traffic fatality

CONROE – On July 18, popular Conroe area business owner Rex Dahl was killed when police say an illegal alien driving a sedan in the oncoming lane turned in front of his motorcycle causing a collision.

A Montgomery County grand jury has indicted 34-year-old Cesar Hernandez Sanchez on the charges of criminally negligent homicide and failure to stop and render aid.

The crash occurred in the 1800 block of E. Davis when Sanchez’s eastbound 1997 Saturn sedan turned north in front of Dahl’s westbound 2003 India motorcycle, making the collision unavoidable, according to Conroe Police Sgt. Jon Buckholtz.

The Saturn was not drivable and Sanchez and his passenger, 32-year-old Armando Bocanegra fled on foot, as Dahl lay critically injured.

When the crash occurred, Sanchez was attempting to turn on Bartle St. Responding CPD Officers Oakland, Devore and Bell checked the registration on the crashed and abandoned car and learned the owner, Sanchez, lived at 327 Bartle St.

The officers then went to that address where they found Sanchez hiding behind his house and Bocanegra about to get into a vehicle with someone else.

Sanchez was arrested and booked on the charges for which he has now been indicted, in addition to a hold by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) because he was in the US illegally.

Bocanegra was charged with Public Intoxication and Failure to Report a Felony. An ICE hold was also placed on him.

Dahl owned Thirsty’s Ice House, a well-known biker bar on FM 3083, along with his wife Kathy. Dahl and his “family friendly” bar were well-known in the community, having hosted or sponsored many benefits and charity rides since the establishment opened in the summer of 2005. The last benefit was to help Kathy Dahl with the expense of burying her husband, who is remembered not only a humanitarian, but also a patriot. Rex Dahl, born on the Fourth of July, 1951, was a United States Marine who served in Vietnam.

Sanchez will be tried in the 221st District Court of Montgomery County. If convicted, he will serve his sentence and then be deported by ICE. If Sanchez is found not guilty, he will be deported immediately.

His indictment came on the same day as Carlos Solis Gomez, another illegal alien indicted for his role in a motor vehicle collision that killed 68-year-old Dorothy Ann Gardner on FM 3083, a short distance from Dahl’s business.

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