Child, 3, killed in Phoenix rollover crash

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by Mike Gertzman

azfamily.com

Posted on August 4, 2013 at 6:51 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 6 at 3:48 PM

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PHOENIX --  A 3-year-old boy was killed when the driver of the minivan he was in ran a red light and was hit by a pickup truck, according to a spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department.

The collision happened at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Central Avenue and Broadway Road.

Police said the 2003 Chrysler minivan rolled onto its roof and an unrestrained three-year-old passenger was ejected from a window. The boy, Brian Arimendi-Virgen, died from his injuries.

The three other passengers in the minivan, ages 12, 7 and 5, along with the driver, a 26-year-old woman, were taken to hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

The 3, 5, and 7 year olds were the children of the driver of the mini van. The 12 year old was her sister.

At least half of the passengers and the driver of the minivan were not properly restrained, according to police.

There were three adults in the white Dodge pickup truck. They were not injured.

"Just looking at the evidence at the intersection it doesn't appear that speed was a factor, said Chris Moore with the Phoenix Police Department. "It's a very small speed collision and in this case it supports that the Dodge pickup southbound tried to avoid the collision as best as possible but in this case it seems like it was unavoidable."

Police said there were no immediate indications of impairment and the investigation is continuing.

Traffic was restricted in the area for several hours Saturday.

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