Mom talks: Baby ejected in street-race wreck

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PHOENIX - A baby was thrown from a car after a crash in the West Valley and police say the man behind the wheel was drag racing.

The crash happened this weekend and the baby died on Monday. The mother of the six-week-old baby who died came to 3TV hoping to dispel several of what she calls horrible rumors that are floating on the internet.

Krista Fujimoto, the 19-year-old mother, says it started out like any other Saturday. She was headed to work and her boyfriend, 24-year-old Chance Reed, picked up six-week-old Katie to baby sit while she was working.

She tells 3TV, "I am a good person and a great mother. I would never put any of my children in danger if I didn't trust that person."

Instead of going directly home investigators say Reed, who was with little Katie in the backseat, got into a street race with a Chevy Suburban.

At about 7:15 on Saturday night Phoenix police say Reed lost control of his car at McDowell and 62nd Avenue and crossed into oncoming traffic before slamming into a tree then a power pole.

Both Reed and the baby, who was in a car seat, were ejected. Krista tells 3TV she got the call about the wreck just an hour after saying good-bye to her daughter.

She says, "I was scared. I was really scared." The child was pronounced dead on Monday.

Krista Fujimoto says Chance Reed is still in the hospital and does not remember anything from the crash. "It's hard, but I still remember the good times, her smile, her little eyes that used to look up at me in the morning. That's what's keeping me going. I know she is in a better place."

Fujimoto also says she does not believe the early reports that her boyfriend was street racing with her child in the car. "I would never put my child in danger and I have full and complete trust in him."

ORIGINAL REPORT:

PHOENIX - A Valley infant has died after being ejected from a car.

Investigators believe Chance Reed, 24, was driving a mustang with 6-week-old Katie Fujimoto restrained in a car seat.

While racing a Chevrolet Suburban westbound on McDowell Road, police say Reed lost control of the mustang near 62nd Avenue, crossed the eastbound traffic lanes, and struck a tree and a power pole. Reed and Katie were thrown from the car.

Katie died Monday afternoon and Reed is still hospitalized in critical condition.

Investigators have issued a vehicle description for the other car that was racing the driver of the Mustang involved in the wreck. It is described as a dark-colored Tahoe/Suburban-style vehicle with oversized chrome wheels. The passenger in that SUV was described as a Hispanic male wearing a baseball cap backward.

Anyone with information on this vehicle is asked to call Phoenix police at (602) 262-6141.