Police Investigating Whether Toxic Substance Played Role in Mesa Crash

Mesa Police are investigating whether drugs were involved in a car crash that killed a young boy.Police officials affirmed recently that toxic substances could have played a role in a Mesa car crash that killed a 7-year-old boy on Wednesday, October 12.

Representatives from the Mesa Police Department are intensifying their investigation into the crash, according to a report from Arizona Republic News. Police officials said they were still questioning witnesses and awaiting the results and interpretation of tests conducted at the scene as they continue to investigate the causes surrounding the deadly crash.

Earlier in the month, 42-year-old Scottsdale resident Bradley Patrick was reportedly driving his 2006 GMC Yukon with his 5-year-old daughter and son in the car. According to official police reports, Patrick drove through a red light at the Red Mountain Loop 202 off ramp at McDowell Road.

“The SUV crossed through the T-intersection, struck the raised curbing at a 90 degree angle, passed through a metal railing and became airborne before plummeting of a steep embankment,” according to a press release from Mesa Police Sergeant Ed Wessing.

Moreover, police officials said that the SUV was traveling at such a high rate of speed that it was reportedly air-borne between 30 to 40 feet. When it hit the ground, witnesses told police it rolled over before bursting into flames. Wessing affirmed passersby climbed down from the road to help passengers escape from the flaming wreck.

Patrick’s son Logan was reportedly found unconscious. He was transported to Maricopa County Medical Center, but was later pronounced dead as a result of the significant injuries he reportedly sustained in the crash. Wessing said Patrick’s daughter was also transported to the healthcare center, but she was responsive, listed in stable condition and expected to survive.

Police deputies have not ruled drugs or alcohol as playing a part in the automobile crash. Officials from the Mesa Police Department reportedly believe Patrick could have been under the influence of prescription drugs at the time of the incident.

Children aged 14 and younger accounted for 31 fatalities and 3,881 injuries in motor vehicle crashes in the state in 2010, according to data from the Arizona Department of Transportation. That figure, though still high, represented a decline from the 43 children aged 14 and younger who died in such crashes in 2009.