Police: Man, child killed after car crashes into pole in Phoenix

Posted at 3:32 PM, Jan 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-16 17:14:35-05

A man and child are dead after a car crashed into a pole in Phoenix on Sunday afternoon.

Reports came in around 2 p.m. after the car slammed into the Rainbow Donuts sign near McDowell Road and 12th Street.  

Witnesses told police the vehicle was heading west on McDowell Road when the driver changed lanes and tried to turn south on 14th Street, causing it to collide into the pole supporting the sign. 

According to a Phoenix police spokesperson, there were three people in the car at the time of the accident, including a 4-year-old boy.  

The child and 54-year-old male passengers, identified as Jacob Blake Rodas-Rojas and Julio Cesar-Rojas respectively, were taken to a trauma center in critical condition. They both passed away as a result of their injuries, officials said.   

A Phoenix police spokesperson says the child was in a booster seat and secured by a seatbelt at the time of the crash.The driver and passenger were not wearing seatbelts, according to Phoenix Police Sgt. Mercedes Fortune. 

The driver, a 38-year-old man, suffered serious injury and is expected to be OK.

The crash closed a section of McDowell Road for the investigation. The street has since reopened to traffic.

It's unknown how the accident occurred or if impairment was involved. 

No additional details have been released at this time but anyone with information is asked to call Phoenix police.

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