Phoenix teens fleeing police cause crash that killed pedestrian

A deadly situation unfolds after a purse was stolen that led to a police chase resulting in a pedestrian crash.

PHOENIX - Police say a woman has died after she was hit by an SUV near the intersection of 44th Street and McDowell Road on Thursday morning.

"We're not sure if (the victim) was in the process of crossing the street," said Sgt. Alan Pfohl of the Phoenix Police Department. "But she was struck and we do know she was an adult female."

According to police, five suspects were inside a car traveling on McDowell Road when the vehicle collided with the SUV, which then hit the woman while she was standing on a median on 44th Street.

"(The suspect vehicle) failed to stop at a red signal light while westbound on McDowell," Sgt. Pfohl said.

The suspects were fleeing from police after allegedly stealing another woman's purse at Pierce Park near 45th Street and Palm Lane. The victim of the theft placed a call to 911 just before 7:30 a.m.

Police had attempted to approach the group of suspects who were driving in a silver car, but they took off.

Police said the driver was an 18-year-old man, but 12- and 14-year-old girls are suspected of the robbery, along with another female. Another male was also in the car, but his relation to the group is unclear.

An empty city bus was also hit, but the driver was unharmed. 

Police are still searching for the two unidentified people who were in the car. The 12- and 14-year-old girls and the 18-year-old man were detained and taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

Police have not released the names of anyone involved.

Clarification: A previous version of this story said the suspects' car hit the woman, rather than the SUV involved in the crash.

© 2017 KPNX-TV


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