5-Year-old dies after being ejected in car crash

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PHOENIX -- A 5-year-old boy was killed after being ejected in a car crash in a remote area of Yavapai County Saturday afternoon.

Shortly before 4 p.m. Saturday, Yavapai County sheriff's deputies responded to a reported fatal car crash on Bloody Basin Road approximately 17 miles east of Interstate 17.

The driver has been identified as Luis Manuel Rosales Jr., 18, of Phoenix. He and several family members were traveling on a dirt road in a 2000 Dodge Durango.

According to Dwight D'Evelyn with the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, Rosales lost control of the vehicle, which spun backward into a ditch and rolled one time, coming to rest on the driver's side. The vehicle then caught fire and burned completely.

A 5-year-old boy was ejected from the vehicle. D'Evelyn said the child was not wearing a seat belt or using any child restraint device.

Medical aid was provided to the child by family members and emergency personnel, but the boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

His mother was one of six passengers in the vehicle when the accident occurred.

D'Evelyn said two other children were injured in the crash. They had been transported prior to the arrival of deputies. Their condition is unknown at this time.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor and the sheriff's office continues to investigate the cause of this crash.