PD: 3-year-old dies after weekend head-on crash in Phoenix

PHOENIX - Authorities say a 3-year-old boy, who was fighting for his life after the vehicle he was riding in was struck head-on by a speeding car Saturday evening , has died.

Phoenix police Sgt. Steve Martos said Eric Garces passed away Monday morning at a Valley hospital and his family was by his side when he died.

The 19-year-old driver, Edgar Martinez, will likely face additional charges, including manslaughter. He is currently booked in the Maricopa County Fourth Avenue Jail facing aggravated assault and endangerment charges, said Martos.

Martinez allegedly was racing his Acura at a high-rate of speed northbound in the area of 31st Avenue and Acoma around 7:15 p.m. Saturday when he crossed the center lane, smashing into an oncoming Nissan.

The force of the crash caused the Nissan to be sent backwards, while Martinez's car flipped onto its roof.

Passengers in the Nissan included the driver and three children, ages 3, 5 and 11 years old.

The driver of the Nissan received serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. The 5- and 11-year-old children did not sustain life-threatening injuries.

The 3-year-old was initially taken to an area hospital in extremely critical condition, said police.

Martinez received minor injuries. His passenger received serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

Authorities say they believe Martinez may have been under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash.

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