3-Year-old injured in high-speed wreck dies, driver's mom says teen was being chased

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By Natalie Rivers By Natalie Rivers
By Natalie Rivers By Natalie Rivers

PHOENIX -- Police said Tuesday that the 3-year old boy injured in a brutal accident late Sunday night has died of his injuries.

Investigators believe the driver of the Mustang that plowed into a palm tree might have been involved in a street race. Alexandra Espinoza's family said that's not the case. They believe she was being chased.

"My daughter was not racing," said Marianne Marcos. "She knew that she had her sister with her and her boyfriend. This truck was following them, trying to take the car away from them."

Espinoza, 18, and a 14-year-old boy who was in the front seat were both pronounced dead at the scene. That teen boy, the 3-year-old's big brother, reportedly took the car without his father's permission.

Espinoza's 14-year-old sister and the sister's 16-year-old boyfriend were both thrown from the vehicle on impact. They remain hospitalized, along with another 14-year-old who is the step-brother of the front-seat passenger.

Police are still searching for the driver of a black Chevy Silverado pickup truck that fled the wreck scene.

ORIGINAL STORY: 2 dead, multiple critical in what may have been street race

PHOENIX - Phoenix police continue to investigate a deadly overnight fatal accident that police believe started as a street race.

Phoenix police said just before 10 p.m. a Mustang and Chevy pick-up were traveling westbound on Thomas Road near 83rd Avenue at a high rate of speed.

According to police, the driver of the Mustang, Alexandra Espinoza, 18, lost control of the car slamming into a tree in the median and ejecting four people from the car.

Espinoza and the 14-year-old male front seat passenger were pronounced dead on scene.

Ejected from the vehicle and transported to the hospital were Espinoza's 14-year-old sister and the sister's boyfriend, a 16-year-old male.

Also injured in the crash were the front seat passenger's 3-year-old brother and 14-year-old stepbrother. They both remain in extremely critical condition.

The 14-year-old deceased front-seat passenger reportedly took the vehicle without his parent's permission.

The black pick-up truck fled the scene and police are looking for any information on the vehicle. The newer-model 2002-2008 black Chevy Silverado pick-up truck extended cab is described as  two door, with tinted windows, may be lifted slightly and possible rear end damage. The truck was last seen driving at a high rate of speed Westbound on Thomas Road.

The roadway re-opened around 6 a.m. Monday morning.

If you have any information you are asked to call Phoenix police.