Woman killed, sons injured in Phoenix crash

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A woman was killed and her two sons were injured in a crash on 59th Avenue. By Jennifer Thomas A woman was killed and her two sons were injured in a crash on 59th Avenue. By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Phoenix police have identified a woman killed in a crash that left her two children seriously injured.

Nora C. Payan-Munoz, 43, died after her Nissan passenger car was rear-ended and sent into oncoming traffic Saturday afternoon.

Police said Payan-Munoz entered the two-way left turn lane on 59th Avenue north of Van Buren Street when the driver of a Chrysler Sebring veered into the lane and hit her from behind.

The collision pushed the woman's car into the oncoming traffic lanes where it was "T-boned" by a Ford Taurus, according to police spokesman Officer James Holmes.

Payan-Munoz was pronounced dead at the scene. Her sons, ages 6 and 13, were ejected from the vehicle and taken to a local hospital in critical condition. Police said the children were not properly restrained.

Holmes said there were no immediate signs of impairment by the other drivers, but they would be evaluated.