BUCKEYE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- A man has been arrested after allegedly causing a rollover with his six kids in the car on Saturday.
On September 11 around 3:30 p.m., Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) responded to a rollover crash on State Route 85 near Buckeye. Three of the children were thrown from the car, two other children remained in the car, and a sixth child died on scene after being thrown from the car. Five children had serious injuries and were taken to Phoenix Children's Hospital. 35-year-old Christopher Alonzo and his wife were also inside the car at the time of the crash. His wife was thrown from the car and investigators later learned she was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
According to court documents, Alonzo's car drifted to the left side of the road, crossing two lanes. The car then began to spin to the right, where it later crossed a canal and rolled over. Two of the children told police that Alonzo and his wife were drinking earlier that day. Three of the kids said the parents were "physically striking each other while driving," according to court documents. At the hospital, troopers noticed Alonzo had watery, bloodshot eyes. The trooper also smelled an odor of "intoxicating beverage."
Alonzo was later arrested on September 12 on on five counts of endangerment, five counts of aggravated assault with serious physical injury and one count of reckless manslaughter.
Editor's Note: DPS originally told Arizona's Family the children involved were foster kids. That was not true and has been corrected in the story.