PHOENIX — A Phoenix police vehicle hit a child in south Phoenix, leaving them with critical injuries, the city's police department said.
The incident happened Wednesday evening around 6 p.m. near 11th Avenue and Pima Street. Police have not released the age, gender or name of the injured child.
One police cruiser being driven by an officer with a police assistant riding in the passenger seat was involved in the incident, officers said. The vehicle had just left from another call when the crash happened.
Before the collision, officers reportedly saw a young girl on the side of the street who appeared to be attempting to get officers' attention. Right after, the officer saw a young child on the road and drove into it.
The girl later told investigators she was trying to get officers' attention because she knew the child was in the street.
Officers began to offer medical aid to the child after hitting them and made contact with the family.
Police do not believe speed is a factor in the collision. The vehicle did not have a dash camera, but officers wore body cameras.
The vehicle crimes unit is investigating all aspects of the incident.
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- 2011: 825 deaths
- 2012: 821 deaths
- 2013: 844 deaths
- 2014: 774 deaths
- 2015: 895 deaths
- 2016: 952 deaths
- 2017: 1,000 deaths
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