PHOENIX - A 16-year-old allegedly responsible for killing four people, including three siblings in a crash that happened nearly a year ago, could face four counts of felony negligent homicide.
Phoenix police made the request when submitting the case to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.
They also requested that the unlicensed driver’s mother be charged with child abuse for allowing him to drive her van.
According to Phoenix police, the young driver was taking his six siblings to their first day of school on August 5, 2013.
Witnesses told police they saw the teen driving at a high rate of speed westbound on Southern Avenue then pass to the right of other traffic, leaving the roadway.
He reportedly over-corrected while trying to get back on the roadway and lost control of the vehicle, driving left of the center of the road and hitting an eastbound vehicle near 55th Avenue.
The driver of the second vehicle, a 31-year-old man, was taken to the hospital where he later died of his injuries.
Police said it appeared none of the children in the minivan were properly restrained as several were ejected from the vehicle.
One child died at the scene and the others were taken to local hospitals where two other children died. The young victims were all boys, ages 4, 5 and 11.
The 16-year-old driver and two passengers had serious injuries and a third was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
The cases against the teen and his mother are being reviewed by County Attorney’s Office.