02 May

Alcohol, lack of car seat leads to fatal crash, police say

Posted by on May 2, 2012

Not wearing seatbelts likely led to the death of a child and injuries to two adults, Phoenix police say.

A 19-year-old, unlicensed driver of a white sedan was heading north on 37th Avenue near Elm Street in Phoenix on April 30 when the driver tried to pass a vehicle, police spokesman Sgt. Trent Crump told The Arizona Republic. The sedan the 19-year-old was driving crashed head-on into a pickup truck being driven in the southbound lane of 37th Avenue, Crump said.

The driver of the sedan and his passengers, a 21-year-old female and her 5-year-old son, Angel Alvarez, were sent to the hospital about 8 a.m., Phoenix Fire Department spokesman Jorge Enriquez said.

Angel was not breathing when paramedics arrived, and he later died at a trauma center, Enriquez said. Police said the child hit the dashboard during the collision. The mother suffered serious injuries. The driver of the car is in critical condition but is expected to survive, Crump said.

The driver of the sedan may have been intoxicated at the time of the fatal crash, Crump said. The driver is expected to face charges of manslaughter and aggravated assault.
Even though the sedan had properly functioning child restraints in the back seat, Crump said, police believe Angel may have been in the front seat and unrestrained.

The driver of the pickup was wearing a seatbelt and was not seriously injured.
Neither the driver’s nor the woman’s names were released.

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