PHOENIX, Arizona- 12News reports a 16-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy are dead and at least a dozen people were injured after a serious crash near 43rd Avenue and West Maryland Avenue Sunday afternoon, according to Phoenix police.
Officers said a black car left the road and struck five pedestrians in the area, killing a 16-year-old girl and sending a 7-year-old boy to the hospital with critical injuries. The boy later died.
The car then side-swiped a white van and continued colliding with a white pickup truck and another car, the report said.
Fire crews said eight other people involved in the crash are in critical condition, five of them are children.
“All of a sudden I see their things flying everywhere, and then that’s when I see her up in the air, like twirling,” said Sophie Ortiz.
She and her husband, Antonio, were headed to a family barbecue with their grandchildren.
“I see him from the corner of my eye and I was like, ‘Oh my God,’ and then by the time I turned, because I knew he was going to hit us,” she said. “He came straight at us.”
12NEWS says their day came to a screeching halt.
“I got hit farther that way, but my van stopped right here,” her husband said. “The only thing I got was cuts, right here, scrapes. That’s about it, but my grandkids were taken to the hospital.”