Head-On Crash in Phoenix Leaves One Boy Dead, Two Adults Injured

Head-On Crash in Phoenix Leaves One Boy Dead, Two Adults InjuredThe Phoenix Police Department has begun an investigation into a car accident that left one child dead and two adults injured on Monday, May 1, the Tucson Citizen reports.

According to the news source, early investigations show the injured adults were not wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash, and the driver was operating the vehicle without a license.

The 19-year-old driver was operating a white sedan in the northbound lanes of 37th Avenue, near the intersection with Elm Street, when he allegedly attempted to pass the car in front him, said Phoenix Police spokesman Sergeant Trent Crump.

The sedan then crashed head-on into a Chevrolet pickup truck driving in the opposite direction. The truck driver was wearing a seatbelt, and was not seriously injured. Phoenix Fire Department spokesman Jorge Enriquez told the media outlet that the 19-year-old and his passengers, a 21-year-old female and her 5-year-old son, had to be driven to the hospital at about 8 a.m.

The boy, Angel Alvarez, was not breathing when first responders arrived at the scene, and later died at the hospital’s trauma center. The police investigation indicates Alvarez struck the dashboard during the collision. Although a child’s safety seat was found to be installed in the rear of the car, police say it was likely that the child was sitting unrestrained in the front seat. Alcohol also appears to have been a factor in the crash.

The boy’s mother suffered serious injuries, and the driver is currently in critical condition. He will likely face charges of manslaughter and aggravated assault, Crump said.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, there were 106,177 car accidents throughout the state in 2010, 5,489 of which were alcohol-related.