Possible street race leads to fatal crash

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- A possible street race may have led to a fatal car crash Monday afternoon in Phoenix.

The crash happened near 16th Street and Southern Avenue.  

A Nissan Sentra collided with a Ford truck and the truck ended up on top of the Sentra. Police believe the Nissan had been street racing with another vehicle. For some reason, the Nissan crossed the median into oncoming traffic and slammed into the truck head on.

The driver of the Nissan died at the scene. Police later identified him as Xavier Robles, 19.

A father in his 30s and his 14-year-old daughter, both in the truck, were also injured in the wreck. 

Phoenix police are now looking for a vehicle that fled the scene. Witnesses told police that it looked like two vehicles were driving at speeds up to 80 miles per hour just before the crash.

"They were doing as much as twice the posted speed limit," said Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump. "The speed limit here is 40."

"It sounded like an explosion," said nearby resident Faviola Esqueda. "I was scared. I came out the door and I saw the cars and I called 911."

"Oh man, it was crazy," said another area resident. "I've never seen that in my life. It's the first time I've ever seen something like that. The truck was on top of the little car."

The vehicle that officers are searching for is described as a older model, possibly 1964 or 1965, Chevy pickup truck. The vehicle was last seen southbound on 16th Street through Southern Avenue.

Anyone with information about this vehicle is asked to contact the Phoenix Police Department or Silent Witness.