PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Two people including a child are dead following a chain-reaction crash on a freeway in central Phoenix on Monday night.

The crash involving four vehicles happened just before 6 p.m. on the southbound side of the State Route 51 near Highland Avenue.

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, a gray 2003 Chevrolet pickup driven by Edgar Ramos-Esteban, 34, crashed into the rear of a blue 2005 Kia Sedan.

This collision caused a chain-reaction, which first sent the Kia sedan into the back of a blue 2015 Volkswagen sedan, driven by a 48-year-old Phoenix man.

The Volkswagen sedan then collided into a white 2018 Isuzu Truck driven by a 49-year-old man.

DPS said that the driver and passenger of the 2005 Kia sedan were killed.

Troopers identified the victims killed as 31-year-old Jennifer Vegtel and a 5-year-old boy. AZ Family talked with family members who identified the 5-year-old as Logan Vegtel. 

Logan Vegtel

Logan Vegtel

Meanwhile, the driver of the Volkswagen was transported to a local hospital. His injuries are unknown at this time.

DPS said that Ramos was cited on the scene.  


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Texting while driving? Hmm, It won't surprise me a bit if the guy who crashed into the vehicle and killed the driver and the kid was texting when this happened. It also won't surprise me a bit that the clowns at the AZ legislature will still continue to not pass a law against texting while driving. The law will be passed eventually but a lot of lives will be lost between now and then due to people in Arizona texting while driving.


I hope it was just an accident, but I have seen several road rage incidents that were very close to leading to an accident like this just over the past 3 weeks. :(


Collisions are not accidents. They are acts of negligence. Big difference.


I suppose to some extent you are correct. But my point was that I hope it wasn't... at least purposeful causation of death. Is that better? I don't know... seems somehow better than purposely driving someone off the road in a fit of rage.

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