Potential for Charges in Scottsdale Crash that Killed Child

New details have emerged regarding a minivan crash on Monday that left a 6-year-old boy dead. It now appears that 25-year-old man who was a front seat passenger may face criminal charges as a result of his conduct that reportedly caused the collision.

It was around 11:00 p.m. on Monday night and the minivan was traveling westbound on the Loop 101 near Hayden Road. A woman was driving the minivan with three occupants: her 15-year-old son, her 6-year-old son, and a 25-year old family friend in the front seat. The mother said the front seat passenger was a family friend who had struggled with mental illness. The man became angry at the conversation in the van and grabbed the steering wheel, jerking it back and forth and causing the minivan to veer across the road. The woman was unable to maintain control of the van from the driver’s seat as it careened across the road and into a light pole.

The impact injured both of the boys in the back seat and unfortunately the 6-year-old died as a result of his injuries. It is not clear whether the mother or the male front seat passenger were hurt.. Local police continue to investigate the crash and have said they may press charges against the front seat passenger for his role in the accident.

It is tragic any time a child is killed but when the accident is due to the negligence of another, is seems even more disturbing. Though not all information about this accident is known, if it was indeed caused by the reckless conduct of an adult within the car, it was an unnecessary accident that caused a little boy to lose his life.

When a child is injured or killed, the damages spread beyond the child and affect an entire family. From medical bills to physical therapy, the costs associated with a child’s injuries can be significant and can be too much for many families to bear alone. This is why the law provides for a financial recovery in many accidents where a child is injured or killed.

If your child has been injured or killed in an accident, call the Phoenix car accident lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. to learn your rights, including whether you can bring a claim for your damages against the responsible person. We have a lawyer available 24 hours a day at (602) 819-5191 or toll free at (855) PHX-LAWYER and we provide a free consultation with no obligation. We are personal injury attorneys who routinely handle cases involving children so we understand the far-reaching impact these accidents can have. Call us today and let us help you obtain a recovery your child deserves.

Prior Blog Entries:

Phoenix Launches New Pedestrian Safety Campaign, Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog, published June 18, 2013.

Deadly Crash in Chandler after Car Runs Red Light, Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog, published June 14, 2013.


6-year-old boy killed in Scottsdale crash; arrest possible, by Associated Press and Catherine Holland, azfamily.com, published June 18, 2013.