PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Phoenix police have identified a 14-year-old girl killed in a crash near 51st Avenue and Thunderbird Road early Sunday morning.

She has been identified as Ella Thomas.

According to firefighter Todd Keller with the Phoenix Fire Department, a car and a garbage truck crashed into one another at around 4:40 a.m.

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Police say a Hyundai was traveling southbound on 51st Avenue and entered the intersection at Thunderbird Road on a red light.

The driver collided with an eastbound garbage truck which was proceeding through the intersection on a green light, according to police.

After the initial impact, the two vehicles became entangled and skidded eastbound, where they struck two large trees.

As the two vehicles finally came to a stop, the garbage truck had tipped over on top of the Hyundai.

Ella was a passenger in the Hyundai. She died at the scene.

The 16-year-old driver of the Hyundai remains in stable condition.

Two other teen passengers in the Hyundai were also injured.

The 50-year-old man who drove the garbage truck is expected to survive his injuries.

Impairment is not believed to be a factor in this crash. But speed and failure to yield "may be contributing factors to this collision," according to police.

A candlelight vigil has been organized to support Ella's family.

It is set for Monday at 6:30 p.m. at 51st Avenue and Thunderbird Road.  

Friends of Ella's family have also created a meal train for the family. More information can be found on Facebook.

Stay with azfamily.com for updates on this story.

 


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themoj0

here yall go. this just happened in NY. "A vehicle in western New York ran a stop sign and struck a tree, killing four teens, authorities said Sunday. New York State Police said the crash, which was reported at 4:30 a.m. Saturday in the town of Burns, also injured a 16-year-old girl who was a passenger in the front seat and was the only one of the five teens in the vehicle wearing a seat belt" Hmm looks like parents and kids on the east coast are just as fkd as they are here.

ObeyLaws

AzFamily Moderators - I see at last count you have deleted at least TEN comments on this story. I can't speak to the content of those comments, but I'm concerned with the capricious and arbitrary manner in which you decide your deletions. YOU have the ability to completely turn off commentary and you chose not to do that on this story. While we can all agree that many, many comments (some of mine included) are absurd and potentially offensive you nonetheless print many of them and randomly delete others. You opened this can of worms by allowing comments and then trying to play censor. In the interest of journalistic integrity, I would suggest you either run EVERY comment or delete this feature all together.

traylynn1313

Do you people hear yourselves? My god!!! A 14 year old child lost her life. Other teenagers are in the hospital, some fighting for their lives, and others who are going to need help to recover from this, not just physically, but mentally also. Do you guys not think that the parents of these children might read these comments? How would you like it if that was your child in the hospital or had passed away. It was a mistake, one that that poor child will have to live with for the rest of his life. I know one of the children that was in the car. And it just really ticks me off that you guys have nothing better to do then bully children that are going through so much. Instead of bullying these poor kids, why don't you get up, go grab your children and give them a big hug and be grateful you can do that. No wonder this generation is full of a bunch entitled little jerks. A bunch of adults acting like teenagers themselves, and bullying people who can't stand up for themselves. If you can't think of something nice and supportive to say then just shut it. My deepest condolences and sympathies go out to the family and friends of Ella. And my thoughts are with everyone else involved!

nutsplash

Today's society coddles kids too much.

Dean

I hope the parents DO read these comments and are ashamed of letting their CHILDREN run around unsupervised all night long. So you think it is fine for your friends to be allowed to run around when they should be home in bed in their parents homes? You are still a little girl and need supervision, not allowed to run around all night.

themoj0

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traylynn1313

Ok for starters I am not a little girl. I am almost 38 years old. I know the parents of one of the children in the vehicle. Now ya'll mean to seriously tell me that none of you snuck out of the house and your parents watched you 24/7 and stayed awake constantly to make sure that you didn't leave when you were suppose to. Yes, kids do stupid things, we all did stupid things when we were kids. No one knows why these kids were out at 4:30 in the morning. Right now they aren't even suppose to talk about it. Have a little compassion for the parents who lost their daughter and for those other children still in the hospital trying to recover.

ObeyLaws

tray - Your pain is understandable and I, for one, forgive your venomous outburst. Of course, it's a tragedy that a life was lost. And while many of you feel better just offering prayers and condolences and pretending that bad things don't happen in this world, many of use believe situations like this offer uniquely valuable lessons through which other people can benefit and lives can be saved. The harsh reality is that somebody did something grievously wrong here and caused loss of life. Traffic collisions are NOT accidents they are acts of negligence. While it may be uncomfortable, an unemotional examination of this incident may provide valuable lessons for parents and other teens alike.

themoj0

I'm not bullying anyone. The parents of those kids are the ones who SHOULD have bullied their own kids a little more. If they had, maybe the kids would have grown up to think that being stuffed in a car at 430 am, speeding down the road, is a bad idea. I am grateful that I can hug all of my grown kids . I raised them to know not to do incredibly stupid and reckless things.

Di

By the sounds of most of these comment's, your all uncaring moron's weather you are white, black or green, Yeah a bunch of real idiots, I know you all comment on everything thinking your real cute & funny, News flash you make me sick, you don't comprehend what you read so you just come out with a bunch of mumbo jumbo. which tells me your all uneducated. In simple terms "your stupid"! When you can walk on water , then say something. Until then get a job an STFU! RIP to the teen who lost her life.

nutsplash

Your thread contains errors, who is uneducated now stupid.

Shredder

So many errors!

themoj0

I have read it 5 times, and I keep finding more stuff! :D

Dean

The parents off all these CHILDREN are the uncaring moron idiots for letting them run around all night.

themoj0

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ObeyLaws

Di - You embarrassed yourself. Stay in school.

cyndyboop

yes thats right..but my first thought was..why out so early in the morning? ok all teens in the car..they ran a red light..soooooooi hate to say this they had no business out that early in the morning..i dont care if its church or anywhere..its too early in the morning to be out..maybe out all night?whatever..i guess the rest of the teenagers learned their lessons..next time they will think twice...and parents?lets their child out so early? sorry but this could have been avoided..maybe this was meant to happen as a lesson to the other kids or even the truck driver,,her death wasnt in vain..someone will learn a lesson from this...yessss girl RIP..your at home now

Destiny

I will never understand all these comments. Who knows where they were going or what they were doing. Someone a child lost their life. We all ok maybe not everybody stayed out late a few times. They might had somewhere to go early. Everyone assumes the worse. It said no impairment involved. Family, friends and the garbage truck driver are all grieving. Give it a rest. Rest In Peace sweet child and injured recover fast. Only those who were there know the truth. All the comment are just stories

nutsplash

The driver should have been attentive to driving. Had that been the case this trade gy would not be so. Kids these days have absolutely no business behind a wheel.

Dean

And why didn't the parents of these CHILDREN know where they were? Where would CHILDREN be going without their parents this time of day? You know they had been out ALL NIGHT otherwise there is no way they would have been awake this time of day.

themoj0

Cmon dean. You already know the answer to that. No one wants to ask the WHY...all they care about is the WHAT and the WHO. The don't ask WHY, because they don't want to hear the answer. And to them, it somehow legitimizes their own emotional response to the incident, by not having to admit the facts that CAUSED it in the first place.

themoj0

5 teens, at 430 am, all had somewhere to be? LOL

usmarinesdad

Most states, including, WA, OR & CA hae restrictions on minors driving without an adult after 11p or 1a. NOT AZ!

Dean

Check on your law - the parents can be charged in most cities in AZ if they let their children run around by themselves. They passed such laws more then 20 years ago and I remember an honors student who was picked up in Mesa on her way home from work WITH HER PARENTS PERMISSION..

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Mingusdad

Good for you sir. I’m glad you all finally caught up. It’s nice to see you all excel at something besides prison population.

Shredder

Why were these kids out so early in the morning? Were they coming home from somewhere, going somewhere? More facts please. May the teenage girl RIP.

BABAZ

They were going to Church.

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Mingusdad

14 year old girl who wasn’t driving is a drunk idiot huh?

Mingusdad

What a terrible tragedy. Hope her family can find peace someday. I feel bad for the kid driving because he made a mistake he’ll live with forever and the poor truck driver will probably never forgive himself either even though it wasn’t his fault. Awful ordeal for all involved...

nutsplash

Naw you are over thinking and sensationalizing it people are too self centered now. Speaking of did they take

Wave25

Parental failure strikes again. Did anyone care about her while she was alive? If so, she wouldn't have been out joyriding at all hours of the morning.

nutsplash

Good point.....rape kit ????

Phillup Witgas

Finally some information. A 16 year old ran a RED light. RIP little girl. Not much more to say.

nutsplash

Texting

ThinkingDude

It seems from the article that a 16 year old driver and three other teens were in the Hyundai. Apparently “speed and a failure to yield” may have contributed to the accident. Very likely this tragedy was caused by an immature, inexperienced driver showing off to his equally immature peers.

Shredder

Exactly.

Robs

The car ran a red light. Prob dumped drivers ed . [blink]

Tuishimi

How do you just "crash into another car"? Was a light/stop sign involved? An intersection? Did someone just lose control? Was someone simply not paying attention to the road? WHAT?

Shredder

Re-read the article. I think that some of your questions may be answered.

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Ohyeah

No, you don't see that. They still have much lower high school graduation rates, less college enrollment per capita, and still no representation in managment anywhere to reflect the percentage of population. You can try and pretend, but blacks and Mexicans are a long way from the top.

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Dean

You and the socialists think you are taking over. Illegally of course. Has nothing to do with race, has only to do with your stupidity.

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Frank the tank

You are a big FAT clown

Bewill

The facts are this. These commercial vehicles for the past 10 years have been driven by un trained people. The CDL schools give you a license to drive vehicles in less than 3 weeks hauling up to 80k lbs. Really Commercial vehicles need more laws and restraint. I myself have seen commercial vehicles with ropes holding fenders on, screwdrivers wedged into bumpers to keep them from falling off, rigged repairs on lights and brakes etc.. Get them off the road

JF Conlon

The drivers who 'graduate' from these schools don't know how to drive. Employers (the legitimate ones) can't find experienced, qualified drivers. The pay is good, there are jobs available. What's the problem? It's not fun enough? The job title doesn't fit in with peoples' life styles? Too much effort to learn how to do it right?

nutsplash

All hard working people are retiring millenials don't watch to work.

nutsplash

You dumb tw@t the stupid kid was at fault end of story.

Brownkelly

U r an idiot u don’t even know the kid nor the circumstances behind it do u think maybe he could have had a seizure or something NO U DONT so instead of assuming facts get them and calling someone a dumb ?$&! Well people who live in glass houses shouldn’t be throwing stones, that 16yr old driver is a very responsible kid who works, goes to school, etc... and may Ella RIP my heart and prayers r with her family for ur information those 4 teens r far from out of the woods and that driver just so happens to be my nephew u stupid $&!, so check urself instead of assuming get ur facts cuz we all know when u start assuming u make an a$$ out of u not me!!!

themoj0

A very responsible kid....who was out at 430 am, speeding down a road with a car full of other teenagers. YEAH. that's responsible. Those ARE the facts.

Phillup Witgas

Once again a crappy written article and 6 hours later not a clue as to what happened. Why even post an article like this. Happened right down the street from me. What a cruddy article.

JF Conlon

By the time this turns into an actual news article, it sure won't be news anymore!

ThinkingDude

A word to the wise: If you are driving a smaller vehicle, never play chicken with a dump truck (or a train for that matter) you'll lose every time.

nutsplash

Asians perfect cheating that's a false statement those monkeys are not smart.

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Melons

Ever hear the story about the pot and kettle. I didn't think so.

WarVet

It's sad that so many see the color or race of an individual and then judge them without even knowing who they really are. I believe it really got worse during the previous 8 years, it was touted by the Administration if you didn't agree with them, you were a racist, and other silly names and their followed them like robots.

nutsplash

Exactly in fact if you are white you are considered racist period.

ssgma

No! You mean it got worse with this current Assministration! Although this has nothing to do with this Horrific Accident just thought i'd Clarify that for You and Everyone else who thinks any different! No Drugs were involved in this accident and the Garbage truck driver was Just going to work.. May this Child RIP and her Family, Friends and Loved ones Someday find Peace and how to deal with such a tragic loss.

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themoj0

Keep thinking that....

YoungPutaso

Qepd

robertscomputer

Guess they dumped all the facts. [ohmy]

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