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PD: 14-year-old driving in Phoenix crash that killed a 12-year-old and injured three other kids

4 kids injured in crash near Central and I-17
Posted at 6:34 PM, Dec 16, 2020

PHOENIX — Phoenix police said Thursday that a 14-year-old was behind the wheel of a vehicle that failed to stop at a stop sign Wednesday and collided with an SUV, killing a 12-year-old boy and injuring three others.

Police said the 14-year-old was driving a Hyundai Santa Fe and collided with a GMC Yukon near Interstate 17 and Central Avenue. There were six children in the Hyundai, four of whom were sitting in the backseat and not wearing seat belts, police said.

At least two of the kids were thrown from the vehicle, police said. The kids ranged in age between nine and 15 years old.

12-year-old Ezekiel Moreno was taken to the hospital but later died from his injuries.

A 9-year-old boy was taken to the hospital and remains in serious condition. Two others were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, officials said.

The driver of the GMC was not injured in the crash, police said.

Police have not identified the 14-year-old driver.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Impairment does not appear to be a contributing factor.