2 girls hurt in Phoenix ATV accident


by Christina O'Haver


Posted on April 20, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 22 at 2:05 PM

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PHOENIX -- Two girls were taken to a hospital after an all-terrain vehicle accident in Phoenix.

Police said the two sisters, ages 12 and 16, were riding the ATV near 37th Avenue and Camelback Road Saturday when they tried to take a photo of themselves and collided with a parked pickup truck.

The 16-year-old girl was in extremely critical condition Saturday night with a punctured lung, broken rib and broken hand. She is also missing teeth.

"I should have been more careful," said 12-year-old Stephanie Quinonez, who has bumps and bruises from the accident. "I was looking back and then I crashed, and then I woke up and then I saw my sister laying on the street."

Horacio Alverez said he saw the girls crash the ATV into his uncle's truck and rushed over to help.

"I ran over there. I picked up the ATV off of them because they were pinned," he recalled. "One girl was conscious and the other one, she was just moaning in pain. ... She was bleeding from her mouth and I believe the back of her head."

Police are still investigating the collision.