Father killed in crash while teaching teen son how to drive

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Man killed in crash on Friday evening. By Dan Neligh Man killed in crash on Friday evening. By Dan Neligh
Man killed in crash on Friday evening. By Dan Neligh Man killed in crash on Friday evening. By Dan Neligh
Man killed in crash on Friday evening. By Dan Neligh Man killed in crash on Friday evening. By Dan Neligh

PHOENIX – A father was killed while riding with his teenage son who was learning how to drive.

Police have identified the victim as 42-year-old Eliseo Viramontes. He was out teaching his teenage son to drive when a turn at the corner of Greenway and 32nd Street turned deadly.

Phoenix detectives have determined the 15-year-old at the wheel was driving with a learner's permit and failed to yield when making a left turn too soon and was struck by a pick-up truck pulling an empty animal trailer.

The impact of the collision on the passenger’s side left Viramontes without a pulse. Paramedics were unable to save him and he died soon after at the hospital.

His son remains hospitalized and is listed in serious condition.

Meanwhile, word of the tragic crash is spreading to neighbors on the family's north Phoenix neighborhood.

Leslie Lawrence, a neighbor, says, “I'm just shocked. He was a wonderful person. The whole family is a wonderful family. Very good people.”

Neighbors say Viramontes will be missed. Michael Lawrence tells 3TV, “He was one of those guys where work was work, and he would come home and enjoy his time with the family. He was just a great neighbor. It's a shock. I'm going to miss him.”

Police say this investigation is ongoing and they will determine whether any charges will be brought against the victim's teenage son.