Mom, daughter thrown from SUV during alleged road rage rollover

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

EL MIRAGE, Ariz. -- A mother and daughter are in serious condition following a rollover wreck Thursday afternoon in what police are calling a possible case of road rage.

A 40-year-old woman and her 15-year-old daughter are in the hospital after their SUV rolled near Dysart Road and Northern Avenue in El Mirage. They were both ejected from the vehicle.

The wreck happened shortly after 3 p.m. Police said the SUV and a four-door red sedan, previously believed to be a Mercedes, was northbound on Dysart Road and both stopped at the stoplight at Northern Avenue.

The lanes merge into one there and eyewitnesses said there was an issue with which vehicle was going to pull ahead and go first. The SUV pulled ahead then the driver of the red car reportedly passed the SUV, got in front of it and slammed on the brakes.

The driver of the SUV hit her brakes and lost control of the vehicle, causing it to roll several times into the desert. The woman and her daughter were taken to local hospitals.

"If it turns out the way that the witnesses describe, that it was this road rage and that the vehicle pulled in front and slammed on the brakes intentionally, yes, that changes everything from an accidental collision to an intentional criminal act," said Bill Louis, El Mirage assistant police chief.

The crash remains under investigation. Police are still speaking to witnesses. Officers are looking for information on the other car involved, such as the license plate number or a description of the driver.

If you have any information regarding this crash, you are urged to contact El Mirage police.

Both the mother and daughter are expected to surivive their injuries.