Phoenix police believe drag racing to be the cause of a collision that left a landscaper injured and hospitalized in extremely critical condition.
Sgt. Tommy Thompson said a 17-year-old driver of a 2003 Ford Mustang allegedly ran a stop sign while racing a 16-year-old boy driving a 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche. The Mustang was T-boned by a 2013 Toyota pick-up truck driven by a 27-year old male as it crossed through the intersection of 52nd Street and Earll Drive just after 8 a.m.
The truck then crashed through a wall, hitting a 61-year-old man who was mowing the lawn.
Two other vehicles in the yard were struck by debris, as was an additional vehicle on a street.
The 27-year-old Toyota truck driver suffered minor injuries that were not life-threatening.
Additional Chevrolet Driver
Thompson said the 16-year-old driving the Chevrolet had two teenage passengers in his vehicle at the time of the collision but have ruled the driver stopped in time to obey the stop sign, and was not actually involved in the collision.
However, police say the 16-year-old boy fled the scene - returning home to switch cars before going to school. Police took him into custody after school officials at nearby Veritas Preparatory Academy heard about the crash and notified detectives.
Police have not released the names of the teenagers involved but both drivers are facing aggravated assault and endangerment charges.The 16-year old also faces charges of leaving the scene of an injury collision.
Negligent Underage Driving
In many states parents are liable for their child’s negligent driving if they let their child use the family car. In states that adopt the “family purpose” doctrine when someone purchases and maintains a car for general family use, the owner of that vehicle is liable for negligent driving by any family member that uses the car. Additionally, in some states if a parent signs a driver’s license application the parent is liable for the minor’s negligent driving.
If you’re involved in a car accident or drag racing incident, you need the advice of car accident attorneys such as those at Personal Injury Attorneys PLLC.
Source: zafamily,com, Phoenix police believe drag racing caused collision that injured landscaper, March 26, 2014
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