Late on Monday night in Scottsdale, AZ, a 10-year-old boy was killed in a single-car accident, when the minivan he was in crashed into a light pole beside the highway.
The crash occurred at around 11 p.m. in north Scottsdale, on the westbound lanes of the Loop 101 Pima Freeway.
According to Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman, Bart Graves, 45-year-old Kathy Pena Frias was traveling in a minivan on the 101 when, just past Hayden Road, a 26-year-old man sitting in the front passenger seat leaned over and grasped the steering wheel for unknown reasons. This caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle, swerving across roadway and smashing into the pole on the right side of the road.
Frias' 10-year-old son was on board the minivan at the time of the wreck. He sustained serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Also a passenger, the boy's 16-year-old sister received minor injuries and was treated and released at the scene. Both siblings had been wearing their safety restraints.
Frias and her front-seat passenger were both transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Graves stated of the incident:
"It's a sad set of circumstances. We do have two survivors who can tell us what happened. That's not always the case in a crash like this."
Graves indicated that the mother did not have any medical condition that authorities were aware of that would have made it necessary for her passenger to take control of the wheel, and that it is unknown at this time why it was done.
The relationship between the mother and the front-seat passenger is unknown.
Being an AZ car accident lawyer, you work with victims of devastating crashes such as this one on a daily basis.
It is not clear at this time why the man would reach over and do what he did, and a thorough investigation will determine whether or not the man will be facing any criminal charges.
Our Scottsdale car accident law firm offers our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the boy who died.