4 Die in fiery crash near Phoenix

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

BUCKEYE, Ariz. -- Four members of a well-known and well-liked Buckeye family lost their lives Saturday afternoon in a fiery rear-end traffic collision.

Investigators said the crash may have been triggered by a driver distracted by a cell phone.

"It was a distracted driver," said 21-year-old Shawn Keasling.

Shawn's 50-year-old father Roger Keasling was the driver of the vehicle that was rear-ended and one of the four victims of the crash.

"My father was a loving individual," Shawn said. "So was the rest of the family in the car with him."

According to witnesses and investigators, the accident happened at about 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon on Highway MC 85 near Jackrabbit Trail as Roger Keasling was attempting to turn his passenger vehicle into his family's driveway along the rural stretch road in the far West Valley.

Roger Keasling's adult nephew, 33-year-old Jerry Swift, Swift's wife Seline and the Swift's 13-year-old son Jerry Junior were also in the car.

"The other guy was speeding...rear-ended them and caused the fire," Shawn Keasling said.

The adult male driver of the other vehicle was slightly injured and transported to a hospital.

"Wonderful family" is the way Angel Luciano describes the victims. "Born and raised in Buckeye, everybody knows everybody and everybody is joining together to help them out," Luciano said as she helped with a bake sale for the Swift and Keasling families at the Shamrock service station in Buckeye on Monday.

Another bake sale is planned for Friday at the same location.

A car wash is scheduled for Saturday at the Grace Fellowship Church on Miller Road near Southern Avenue in Buckeye.

A bank account has been set up to help the families.

The account at all Chase Banks is in the name of a family cousin: Hope Hamel.

The account number: 303-411-9692.