Suspects arrested after deadly crash, stealing vehicle in west Phoenix

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Posted at 7:05 AM, Jul 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-09 17:35:04-04

PHOENIX — Two suspects have been arrested after they were reportedly involved in a deadly crash and stole a vehicle at the scene in west Phoenix early Friday.

Phoenix police said just after midnight, officers responded to a serious crash near 71st Avenue and Thomas Road.

Officers learned a Chevrolet Silverado, occupied by two 20-year-old men, was heading westbound on Thomas Road and turned left on 71st Avenue.

A Ford Focus, occupied by a 35-year-old male driver and a 42-year-old male passenger, was heading eastbound on Thomas Road when it collided with the Silverado at the intersection.

The 35-year-old driver of the Ford Focus suffered serious injuries and the 42-year-old driver suffered fatal injuries due to the crash.

Police said a third vehicle, a Chevrolet Avalanche, stopped and the passengers got out of the vehicle to help the people injured in the crash.

Police said that’s when the two suspects reportedly got out of the Silverado, grabbed weapons and ammunition and stole the Avalanche. The suspects left the scene before police arrived.

Police said officers later located the stolen Avalanche leaving a home near 75th Avenue and McDowell Road.

Officers spotted the vehicle and arrested the driver, who police determined was the male passenger from the Silverado.

Officers then returned to the home and found another man inside, who police determined was the driver of the Silverado. The man was eventually arrested after negotiations with police.

The identities of the men arrested were not revealed at this time.