PD: Child killed, others hurt after Phoenix crash, suspect arrested

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Posted at 2:30 PM, Sep 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-04 14:00:02-04

PHOENIX — Police say an 11-year-old girl has died after a serious crash that left multiple injured near 43rd Avenue and Indian School Road Friday afternoon.

At around 1 p.m., officers responded to a serious vehicle collision in the area.

Police say a silver sedan was heading northbound on 43rd Avenue and suddenly changed lanes and collided with a gold sedan traveling in the same direction.

The gold sedan was redirected off the roadway and struck a group of pedestrians walking southbound on the east side's sidewalk of 43rd Avenue.

One of the pedestrians struck, identified as 11-year-old Alysah Marin, died due to her injuries.

Two women, ages 32 and 18, along with a 14-year-old and 9-year-old boys were taken to local hospitals for serious injuries.

The driver of the silver sedan, identified as 51-year-old Fernando De La Garza, was evaluated by officers who said he showed signs of impairment, according to police.

He was later booked into Maricopa County Jail for charges that include manslaughter, endangerment and aggravated assault.

One of the vehicles struck a power line during the crash and it is unclear if any power was lost in the area due to this incident. SRP was called to evaluate the condition of the electrical poles.