The driver of a tractor-trailer used in a botched human trafficking operation that left 10 immigrants dead in San Antonio had his commercial driver’s license suspended three months before his arrest, the state of Florida said Tuesday.
James Matthew Bradley Jr. of Clearwater, Fla., failed to hand in his medical card, which the federal law requires commercial drivers show that they’re fit for the road, and had his driving privileges revoked on April 12, a Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles spokeswoman told The Associated Press.
State records show the 60-year-old’s medical card had expired on March 15 and he failed to renew it. The spokeswoman said it would have been illegal for Bradley to have another license from another state.
Bradley, who worked for Pyle Transportation, is charged with one count of transporting illegal immigrants for financial gain, resulting in death. He faces the death penalty if convicted.
Authorities found roughly 39 people in or out of the tractor-trailer outside a Walmart in San Antonio, Tex., Sunday. The victims, who were mostly from Mexico and Guatemala, suffered from heatstroke and dehydration, authorities said.
Eight men were found dead in the truck and two more died at a hospital, authorities said. Bradley told investigators he saw bodies “lying on the floor like meat.”