The District Attorney's Office dismissed its vehicular manslaughter case against two Mexican nationals in connection with a Jan. 30 traffic accident that left two people dead.
Deputy District Attorney Lisa DiMaria said, "The people in this case dismissed due to insufficient evidence."
The dismissal came as a hearing in the County Courthouse in El Centro on Wednesday for Santiago Carranza Martinez and Benito Reyes Ramirez was about to start.
Martinez was accused of driving a van filled with undocumented immigrants. The van collided with a bus and two of the people in the van died. Reyes was accused of being the "coyote," or guide who brought the group across the border.
Initially the DA's office had sought murder charges against both men, but last week Superior Court Judge Christopher Yeager ruled the two would stand trial for vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.