PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- A 16-year-old girl was killed in a rollover crash on westbound I-10 near downtown Phoenix Thursday morning.
According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the girl was driving a pickup truck at a high speed on westbound I-10 near Roosevelt Street when she lost control.
The truck barreled through the cable barrier and flipped, causing her to be ejected. She was not wearing a seat belt.
DPS said the girl had stolen the F-250 pickup truck from a family member.
She was pronounced dead on scene.
Nobody else was hurt.
"The size of the vehicle and at that speed, the truck certainly could have crossed over into oncoming traffic," said Raul Garcia with Arizona's Dept. of Public Safety. "It certainly could have bounced back into traffic and hit another vehicle or blocked the roadway."
Westbound I-10 was completely closed around 9 a.m. but eventually reopened.
DPS said the girl, identified as Idaily Arellano-Nejaro, did not have a driver's license.
"With a 16-year-old with a child, it's very difficult for those of us that (sic) are parents, those of us with family members of that age, certainly that's on the minds of investigators," said Garcia. "Our hearts our thoughts are with this family.
Hours after the crash, Ryan Katsantones is still in complete disbelief.
“The only thing I can remember is rocks hitting my window,” he said.
He was driving on the I-10 next to 16-year-old Idaily when he saw her start to swerve back and forth.
And then it all happened at once.
“All of the sudden it went out of control but I couldn’t see where the truck was because there was dust everywhere. So I swerved over to the rocks, panicked, and when I turned my head to the left I saw her ejected from the car,” he said.
Ryan pulled over to the side of the road as emergency vehicles started to show up.
He said Idaily's mom pulled up next to him, and started bawling when she saw her daughter.
“Even though I don’t know her or her family, it’s still heartbreaking to me,” he said.
Ryan is an Uber and Lyft driver, and said he couldn't continue working Thursday.
“I had to go home because my mind has not been right,” he said.
He knows it's a picture he won't be able to erase from his mind, and won't find peace of mind, until he finds her mom again.
“If I could ever get information on the funeral arrangements, I would love to be there, for respect for the family. I really feel for them and pray they can get through this peacefully,” he said.
This is a single-vehicle rollover collision resulting in the death of the 16-year-old driver. Excessive speed led to loss of control through the curve just west of Roosevelt Street along westbound I-10. https://t.co/3dzUDEu6xU pic.twitter.com/2MWnzfgtJV— Dept. Public Safety (@Arizona_DPS) May 9, 2019
CLOSED: I-10 westbound at the Mini-Stack interchange. Traffic is being diverted to SR 51 northbound or L-202 Red Mountain eastbound. Expect an extended closure. Alternate routes include I-17 northbound to the south of downtown Phoenix. #PhxTraffic. pic.twitter.com/apl8sfyu6b— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) May 9, 2019