DPS: 5 hurt in I-10 crash improperly restrained in SUV


The 20-year-old driver of an SUV was cited for several violations after a rollover crash on Interstate 10 Thursday injured five people, including a mother and her three children.

The SUV was headed west on I-10 near 31st Avenue when a tire blowout caused it to cross the median into oncoming traffic, according to an Arizona Department of Public Safety officer.

The mother and her children were either not wearing seat belts or were improperly restrained, said DPS spokesman Raul Garcia.

The 29-year-old mother was sitting behind the driver, and her 11-year-old son in the front passenger seat, Garcia said. Neither was wearing seat belts.

The woman’s 4-year-old son was wearing a loose seat belt in the middle of the back seat and her 2-year-old daughter was improperly secured in her safety device in the back seat, Garcia said.

The mother and her 11-year-old son were ejected, and both boys suffered serious head injuries, Garcia said.

The girl and her safety seat tumbled inside the SUV during the crash, but she was not ejected.

It was unclear whether the driver was wearing a seat belt, Garcia said.

The crash happened near 31st Avenue about 9:30 a.m.

Two adults were taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center with serious injuries, Garcia said. The oldest boy was taken to Maricopa Medical Center and the other two children to Phoenix Children’s Hospital. All were expected to recover, Garcia said.

He said the driver was cited for failure to control a vehicle to avoid a collision, no seatbelt for a front-seat passenger younger than 16, and two child passenger restraint violations.

Garcia said no criminal charges were filed.

No other information was immediately available.

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