9-year-old girl dead, 4 injured after crash in central Phoenix

The crash happened near 8th St & Thomas in central Phoenix.
The crash happened near 8th St & Thomas in central Phoenix.(Arizona's Family)
Published: Dec. 6, 2022 at 11:25 AM MST|Updated: Dec. 7, 2022 at 4:24 PM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- A young girl is dead, and four people are injured after a crash on a busy stretch of Thomas Road in central Phoenix Tuesday morning.

Initial reports of the crash came just after 9 a.m. near 8th Street and Thomas Road. According to Phoenix police, a driver swerved to avoid a collision and went into westbound traffic. When the driver swerved, they hit another car heading west. A man and two children inside one of the cars were taken to the hospital, where 9-year-old Shala Zamora later died. Police say the man and second child are expected to be okay.

A woman and a child in the second car were also hospitalized, but neither had serious injuries. Video from Arizona’s Family news chopper showed an SUV and a sedan in a T-bone crash. Scattered debris was also visible along the road. Phoenix police say that no arrests have been made but believe that speed as well as possibly impairment may have been a factor in the crash.

Thomas Road was closed for several hours between 7th Street and 9th Street but has since reopened. The investigation is underway.