As we reported on our Phoenix Injury Lawyers Blog, authorities believe the car may have been racing a black Chevy pickup truck at the time of the accident, which occurred on Thomas Road. The Mustang was carrying six people when it lost control and veered into a palm tree near 75th Avenue.
Witnesses told police the two vehicles were weaving in and out of traffic. They met up at a traffic light and took off when the light turned green. Police are still investigating how fast the vehicles were traveling but witnesses reported they may have been going as fast as 90 mph. The Mustang’s 18-year-old driver and her 14-year-old boyfriend were pronounced dead at the scene. Four others were ejected out the back window of the vehicle. Those passengers were ages 14, 14, 16 and the 3-year-old boy.
Media reports indicate that the 14-year-old passenger apparently took the Mustang without his parent’s permission.
Police continue to search for the black Chevy pickup involved in the race and said that driver could face charges. The truck is described as a newer model, 2002-2008, two-door extended cab with tinted windows. The truck may have been slightly lifted. Witnesses say the Mustang may have hit the pickup and the truck may have some damage to the rear end. It was last seen westbound on Thomas Road at a high rate of speed.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Phoenix Police Department.
Meanwhile on Monday, a 23-year-old woman was killed in a Tempe SUV accident. The woman was riding as a passenger when the driver lost control and over corrected near an intersection. He was released from the hospital after being treated for minor injuries, the Republic reported.
The accident happened at the intersection of Guadalupe Road and Maple Avenue. Police continue to investigate.