DUI suspected in Phoenix crash that injured 5

Yikes — head on collision with multiple life-threatening injuries to the children, whom police said were all properly restrained.

It was a glorious late-April morning in Phoenix, the sun had been up for just an hour, the kids were all buckled in…  seriously, how often does stuff like this happen happen? By the way, neither of the vehicles involved were remarkable, the victim was driving a Pontiac G6 and the suspect was driving a Mitsubishi Galant; both mid-sized sedans in the 3,000 pound weight range.
The collision occurred on Southern Avenue near 38th St, Southern Avenue is typical of the Phoenix Metro area’s many, fine, wide, straight, multi-laned, high-speed arterial streets (appears to be posted 45mph); they work really well except when drivers bump into one another, or a ped, or a a cyclist; and then people get seriously injured or die.

Police: DUI suspected in Phoenix crash that injured 5, including 3 children
The driver whose Mitsubishi Galant crashed head-on into another car Monday (April 29, 2013) in Phoenix, injuring three children, is suspected of driving under the influence and faces criminal charges when released from a hospital, police said.

The 6:30a.m collision on Southern Avenue near 38th St sent two adults and three children, ages 1, 3 and 5, to a hospital, Phoenix Police Sgt. Trent Crump said in a news release.

The 3-year-old and 5-year-old suffered life-threatening injuries, Crump said. One of them is in “extremely critical condition,” he said.

The 18-year-old driver of the Galant was headed west on Southern Avenue when his car struck a curb and drove over a bush, Crump said. He then overcorrected, swerved into oncoming traffic and hit an eastbound Pontiac G6 carrying a mother and children.

Police did not release the mother’s name but said she is in her late 20s. The children were all properly restrained in the car, Crump said.

The driver, who was not wearing a seat belt, was hospitalized after he was ejected from his car, authorities said.

“The driver was evaluated by detectives and a warrant was obtained for a blood sample,” Crump said. “The driver of this vehicle will face charges once he is released from the hospital.”

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