Mother killed in SUV rollover on Highland at SR 51

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PHOENIX -- One person was killed and five others were injured Sunday afternoon in a five-car accident in central Phoenix. The chain-reaction accident happened on Highland Avenue near the exit ramp of State Route 51 at approximately 1:30 p.m.  The exact cause of the wreck is unclear at this time but officials at the scene indicated that speed was likely a factor.

Phoenix Fire Department officials said the female driver of an SUV that overturned, landing on its roof, was pronounced dead at the scene. She has been identified as Alana Dee Royce, 27. Also in the SUV, firefighters found Royce's 3-year-old son, hanging upside-down in his car seat.

Paramedics had to cut the straps on the car seat to get him out of the mangled SUV. The little boy was in critical condition when he was rushed to Phoenix Children's Hospital. 

Steven J. Redeske, 43, was extricated from a silver Mercedes after firefighters ripped the roof off the vehicle to get him out. Redeske was transported to Phoenix Good Samaritan Hospital where he is reportedly in serious condition. 

According to DPS, Redeske was traveling north on SR 51 in his Mercedes when he exited at Highland Avenue. For an unknown reason he failed to stop at the end of the off-ramp and rear ended the Chevy Tahoe Royce and her son were in.

The force of that crash pushed the SUV into the intersection and caused it to roll on its roof. Two other vehicles traveling westbound and one traveling eastbound on Highland were also involved.

Three other people involved in the accident suffered minor injuries; they were treated at the scene and released. 

Everyone involved in the accident were reportedly properly restrained at the time of the accident.