Police ID driver of stolen car that led to deadly crash

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(Source: 3TV/ CBS 5) (Source: 3TV/ CBS 5)
(Source: 3TV/CBS 5) (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

Authorities say an 18-year-old Mexican citizen who told police he's in the United States illegally is accused of fleeing from police following a purse-snatching and causing an auto wreck that killed a pedestrian Thursday. 

Phoenix police say Brian Israel Morales-Diaz was driving a car that collided with an SUV and a Valley Metro bus after running a red light at the intersection of 44th Street and McDowell.

The collision caused the SUV to fatally strike a woman that was standing on a median.

The bus driver has no reported injuries while the SUV driver sustained pain to her left are and back.

Officers detained Morales-Dias and two girls, but one female suspect and one male suspect got away.

According to police, the car reportedly was stolen and had sped away from a park where a woman's purse was snatched.

He said that was the reason he ran from the police in the first place in fear of being caught for being in the U.S. illegally.

Morales-Diaz remains jailed on suspicion of first-degree murder and other crimes after making an initial court appearance Sunday. 

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