PHOENIX - A joyride for an 8-year old boy and his 6-year old sister turns deadly when their car hit a light post near 19th Avenue and Buckeye.
Police Sgt. Steve Martos with Phoenix Police said the children’s mother gave them a bath and put them to bed last night around 9:30 p.m on Wednesday. She went to bed and later woke up realizing the kids and the car was gone.
Martos said the mother called 911 thinking the kids had been kidnapped.
Meanwhile, police got several 911 calls reporting a car with kids inside.
The first reporting the car had knocked down heavy metal fence near the corner of 19th Avenue and Buckeye Road and took off.
"It clipped the corner of my window," said Jessica Potts who lives in the apartment right at that corner and heard the crash and saw the car speed away. "It knocked out a clothes line and then came back around the unit to 19th Avenue. The car was pretty bashed up."
Rudy De La Cruz was next to spot the two young children. The teenager was driving home from a friend’s house when he noticed a car swerving.
“It was scary. I didn’t know what I was supposed to do,” said De La Cruz.
As the two drivers reached a red light, De La Cruz looked over into the car beside him and locked eyes with the 8-year-old boy driving.
“I knew right away that they were little kids, you know because he was trying to look at me over the dashboard. He could barely see over the steering wheel,” recalled De La Cruz.
The teen quickly called 911.
“I didn't know what to think, because I don't see it every day. I didn't know whether to follow them until they came to a stop, but I knew I had to do something, so I called 911,” said De La Cruz.
De La Cruz followed the car, letting the operator know where they were until three Phoenix police squad cars reached them and took over.
Police tried to stop the car and it crashed into the light pole.
Martos said the boy had minor injuries while the girl was taken to the hospital where she later died.
The family lives only a block or so from the crash site. The kids mother apparently saw the commotion and rushed to the scene when she realized her vehicle and kids were involved.
Martos said at this point they do not know why the kids took the car.
"I can't understand how he was able to see,” said Potts. "I thought it was teenagers not an 8-year old."
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