PHOENIX, AZ – A woman and her teenage son are dead and another six have been injured in the wake of a multi-vehicle crash in Phoenix early Monday morning that authorities believe may have been caused by intoxicated driving.
According to CBS 5 News, the crash happened near the intersection of Grand Avenue and 37th Avenue at about 12:15 a.m., when a driver thought to have been under the influence reportedly swerved to avoid colliding with another, previous accident.
The driver then rear-ended another vehicle, causing it to be sent into the lanes of oncoming traffic. The vehicle then collided with a third automobile.
A 17-year-old woman and his mother, identified as Annette Madrid, died as a result of the accident.
Two 18-month-old twins and a 3-year-old child were taken to the hospital to receive treatment for non-critical injuries.
Three women were hospitalized with severe, critical wounds.
Authorities cited the driver of the first vehicle for driving under the influence, then later released him. Further charges are pending at this time.
The family of the victims has set up a GoFundMe to help pay for funeral expenses.
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