On Saturday afternoon in Phoenix, Arizona, a car accident occurred that killed a 3-year-old boy and injured four others.
The fatal crash took place at around 3:30 p.m., at the intersection of Broadway Road and Central Avenue.
Phoenix Police Department spokesman, Officer James Holmes, said that according to an initial investigation and witness statements, a 2003 Chrysler minivan had been traveling west on Broadway Road when it ran a red light at Central Avenue. A dodge pickup truck which had been heading south on Central struck the minivan, causing the van to roll and land on its roof.
Phoenix Police Department official Chris Moore stated:
"Just looking at the evidence at the intersection, it doesn't appear that speed was a factor. It's a very small speed collision and in this case it supports that the Dodge pickup southbound tried to avoid the collision as best as possible. But in this case, it seems like it was unavoidable."
In the collision, 3-year-old passenger Brian Arimendi-Virgen was ejected from the minivan, sustaining critical injuries. The toddler was pronounced dead at the scene.
The 26-year-old female driver, reported to be the Arimendi-Virgen's mother, was taken to the hospital along with her three other passengers, ages 5, 7 and 12, all thought to be her children as well. All reportedly sustained non-life threatening injuries.
The 44-year-old driver of the pickup and his 49-year-old and 21-year-old passengers were all wearing their safety restraints and were apparently uninjured in the wreck.
Holmes informed that there is no indication of impairment at this time, but that at least half of the children were not wearing their seat belts. He said the driver of the minivan could be cited for running the red light and failing to restain her child passengers properly.
As a Phoenix car accident lawyer, it is always difficult to see such tragic news.
Authorities have indicated that several of the children involved, including the 3-year-old who lost his life, were not wearing their proper safety restraints. The responsiblity of restraining the kids lies with the driver in this case.
Our Phoenix car accident law firm offers our heartfelt condolences to the family and loved ones of the child who was killed in this tragic event.