Police investigate deadly accident in Phoenix involving pregnant woman, children

PHOENIX - Authorities said a 4-year-old girl has died and two children are in serious condition, including a pregnant mother, after being involved in an accident Friday night.

Sgt. Steve Martos, spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department, said at 7:15 p.m. the pregnant driver of a Ford Explorer traveling southbound on 83rd Avenue crashed into a Chevy Malibu.

The accident caused the Chevy Malibu to spin-out, he said, but no one was injured. Due to the crash, the Ford Explorer then hit a 2007 Nissan Frontier nearly head-on.  Two children, ages 3 and 4, were in the back seat of the Nissan.

Martos said both of the children were transported to the hospital. The 4-year-old girl later died due to injuries sustained in the crash, he said. The 3-year-old boy remains in serious, but stable condition.

Both children were wearing seatbelts, but were not in child restraints, he said.

The driver and front-seat passenger in the Nissan were also injured and transported to the hospital in serious condition. They are expected to OK.

Martos said the driver of the Ford Explorer, a mother who is 7 months pregnant, was also transported to the hospital and underwent an emergency delivery of her baby. The newborn is listed in extremely critical condition, said Martos.

The mother is in stable condition, he said.

Police are working to determine if impairment was a factor in the collision.

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