Mother, son killed in wrong-way crash not wearing seat belts

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PHOENIX -- A Glendale mother and her 6-year-old son are dead and her 4-year-old son is in critical condition after a wrong-way crash on Loop 101 Thursday night.

It happened at about 8 p.m. on Loop 101 near 51st Avenue.

Investigators said Patricia Evans, 45, got on the freeway using the off-ramp and crashed head-on into an SUV driven by a 27-year-old pregnant woman from Surprise.

Evans and her children were not wearing seat belts, according to Department of Public Safety Officer Bob Bailey.

Evans was pronounced dead at the scene. Robert Dean Evans, 6, who reportedly was in the front seat, was pronounced dead at St. Joseph's Hospital. His 4-year-old brother, Reed Donahue Evans, remains in critical condition. Bailey said Reed was in the back seat of the car.

"While officers suspect impairment, we really won't unequivocally know until the medical examiner's report is complete," Bailey said.

Donald Evans, Patricia's husband, issued a statement that says, "There are two holes in my heart that can only be filled by our lord and savior, Jesus Christ... We thank everyone for their throughts and prayers."

The pregnant woman in the SUV was wearing her seat belt and suffered non life-threatening injuries. She is in the hospital as a precaution and is expected to recover.

To help the Evans family you can donate funds to the Adams Traditional Academy by calling (602) 938-5517 or emailing smalone@adamstraditionalacademy.org.