Boy killed in head-on crash in Phoenix school zone


by Jennifer Thomas

Video report by Steve Bodinet

Posted on April 30, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 1 at 12:37 PM

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PHOENIX -- Phoenix police believe alcohol was a factor in a head-on collision that killed a 5-year-old boy and seriously injured two adults near 37th Avenue and Camelback Road Monday morning.

Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump said the unlicensed 19-year-old driver of a 2001 Ford Crown Victoria was speeding through a school zone near Alhambra High School.

The driver then tried to pass another car and crashed head-on into a 2002 Chevy Silverado pickup truck just before 8 a.m.

Police said none of the occupants in the car were restrained and all three hit the dash and windshield area.

Police believe the boy, identified as Angel Alvarez, was standing between the front bucket seats of the car at the time of the crash. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The driver of the car is listed in critical condition at a hospital but is expected to survive. Police said the driver is the boyfriend of the child's 21-year-old mother, who was also injured in the crash. She is listed in serious condition, but her injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Police have not released the names of the adult victims.

The driver of the truck was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.

Crump said alcohol impairment is suspected to be a contributing factor in the collision.