PHOENIX -- A 16-year-old male passenger was killed in a vehicle rollover crash on the State Route 51 late Friday night, according to Officer Carrick Cook with the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
It happened at about 11 p.m. in the southbound direction near Bell Road.
The teen who was killed, Kamal Alsaha, was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the car. The 17-year-old male driver was transported to Phoenix Children's Hospital with moderate injuries. Officer Cook did not know if the driver was wearing a seat belt.
"We're going to determine what the speeds were and find out if a crime did occur here," said Officer Cook. "As it stands right now we're going to look at it as a crime did occur and it's going to take some time to investigate it and get a final conclusion."
Witnesses said the driver appeared to be racing other vehicles on the freeway.
"We don't know if they were racing or not, some witnesses did describe them as racing, but right now, we don't have an answer for that," said Officer Cook.
Investigators do not think the driver was impaired.
"This is an example of why we go out there and we do speed enforcement," Officer Cook explained. "Speed is the number one killer of people on highways and with the passenger being ejected once again seat belts are the main issues. So we're looking at two of the main factors of fatal crashes across the country happening in this one instance. That's why we go out there and we enforce the speed limits and we enforce seat belt compliance."
Officer Cook said the driver may have been going 90 miles per hour at the time of the crash. He could face a manslaughter charge.
Police have not released the name of the driver.
Southbound State Route 51 was closed until 7 a.m. Saturday morning.
1 teen killed, 1 hurt in Phoenix rollover crash
PHOENIX (AP) -- Authorities say a teenage boy is dead and another one is in the hospital after a single-vehicle crash on a Phoenix highway.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety says numerous 911 calls came in around 11 p.m. Friday reporting a crash in the southbound lanes of State Route 51 at Bell Road.
DPS says a car was speeding and lost control, rolling onto the right shoulder.
They say 16-year-old Kamal Alsahaq was ejected from the car and did not survive. The 17-year-old driver was taken to Phoenix Children's Hospital with moderate injuries.
According to investigators, the driver could face a manslaughter charge if excessive speeding is found to be a factor.
Authorities have finished investigating the scene and reopened southbound SR 51 around 7 a.m.
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SR 51 southbound reopens at Bell
PHOENIX -- Southbound State Route 51 has reopened at Bell Road following a fatal crash that occurred early Saturday morning, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
Northbound SR 51 was unaffected by the crash and remained open.
SR 51 southbound has reopened at Bell. #PhxTraffic— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) August 16, 2014
16 year old killed in rollover crash on SR 51 at Bell last. Speeding contributed to the crash and 16 year old was not wearing a seatbelt.— Officer Carrick Cook (@DPSOfficerCook) August 16, 2014
SR 51 southbound remains closed at Bell because of an earlier crash. Use I-17 or L-101 as alt routes. No ETA to reopen. #PhxTraffic— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) August 16, 2014
SR 51 southbound is closed at Bell because of a crash. Use I-17 or L-101 Pima as alt routes. #phxtraffic— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) August 16, 2014
Crash closes SR 51 southbound at Bell
PHOENIX -- Southbound State Route 51 is closed at Bell Road because of a fatal crash that occurred early Saturday morning, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
The southbound entrance ramp at Bell blocked as part of the closure.
Drivers should consider Interstate 17 as an alternate route during the closure. Loop 101 Pima is one other alternate route, but southbound lanes are closed from Shea Boulevard to Via De Ventura through the weekend for a freeway-widening project.
There is no estimated time to reopen southbound lanes of SR 51. Northbound lanes remain open.