Phoenix teen's unborn child killed in collision, driver charged with murder

PHOENIX - A man has been arrested after the stolen vehicle he was driving collided with a van, killing the unborn child of a teen passenger.

Michael Angelo De La Cruz, 31, was driving a stolen pickup truck westbound on McDowell Road when he crossed the center line of the road and collided head-on with a minivan traveling eastbound at 9th Avenue just after midnight Wednesday, police said.  

The minivan was occupied by a 28-year-old female driver and a 16-year-old pregnant passenger, police said. Both suffered injuries, but authorities said their injuries were not life-threatening.

The 16-year-old female passenger was six months pregnant, police said.

De La Cruz and a passenger fled the scene of the collision on foot and unsuccessfully attempted to break into a BMW, police said. Officers arrested De La Cruz and the passenger nearby.  

De La Cruz was taken to a hospital after he complained of injuries but attempted to escape from officers after treatment, police said. Authorities took De La Cruz into custody shortly after.

According to a Drug Recognition Expert, De La Cruz displayed signs of impairment, police said.

De La Cruz was booked into the Maricopa County Jail on suspicion of second-degree murder, two counts of aggravated assault, leaving the scene of a fatal collision, aggravated DUI, possession of a stolen vehicle and parole violation, police said.  


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