Boy dies in fiery crash; sister injured

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MESA, Ariz. -- A 7-year-old boy is dead and his 5-year-old sister is in critical condition after a fiery car crash in Mesa Wednesday afternoon.

Police said Bradley Patrick, 42, was seen exiting the westbound Red Mountain Loop 202 Freeway at McDowell Road in a GMC Yukon.

Patrick reportedly made an evasive lane change at high speed to avoid a car stopped for the red light and entered the intersection at full speed, according to Mesa police Sgt. Ed Wessing. The SUV crossed through the T-intersection and struck the curb. The vehicle then passed through a metal guardrail and became airborne before plummeting off a steep embankment.

The vehicle reportedly dropped about 30 to 40 feet from the intersection above. The SUV rolled onto its side and caught fire.

Wessing said witnesses scaled down the embankment and began removing the passengers from the vehicle as the flames increased.

Both children had to be cut or removed from their seat belts.

Patrick's son, Logan, was unresponsive and witnesses attempted CPR. The Mesa Fire Department responded to the scene and continued life-saving efforts, but Logan was pronounced dead at Maricopa Medical Center.

Patrick's 5-year-old daughter was transported to MMC with serious injuries. Her condition is not known at this time.

Patrick was treated for minor injuries.

Drug impairment is being investigated as a possible cause of the crash.

Charges have not been filed at this time as investigators await Patrick's toxicology results and finish their investigation.