Serious accident sends one child, two adults to hospital

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PHOENIX -- Police say a  serious accident near 19th Avenue and Southern may have been caused by a speeding driver.

Witnesses tell 3TV a speeding black Pontiac ran a red light and smashed into an SUV with a mom and three kids inside. Two kids were thrown from that vehicle. A seven-year-old girl was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

Phoenix police say they saw the Pontiac traveling at a high rate of speed, but by the time the officer turned around to "keep an eye on the vehicle," the collision had already happened.

Jesus Mendoza saw it happen, and rushed to help.

"I came running to the little girl to make sure she was okay," says Mendoza. "I gave her my shirt; she was bleeding everywhere. That's when I went over to see if everybody else was okay. But the little girl, man, I just hope she is all right. I hope the little girl is okay."

Along with the child, a man in his 20s was also hurt and was taken to the hospital. The driver of the suspect vehicle was also hospitalized with serious injuries.