Sunday morning street racing led to a crash that has now killed a 17-year-old boy and left a 23-year-old man in critical condition.
Officer James Holmes with the Phoenix Police Department tells Fox 10 that police were called to a crash on Thomas Road and North 47th Avenue around 11:30 a.m. Sunday.
Upon arrival, officers learned a 2001 Chevrolet Camaro had been traveling west on Thomas Road, approaching 47th Avenue, at a high rate of speed when the 23-year-old driver lost control of the car, Holmes said.
The Camaro began to spin and entered the eastbound lanes of traffic.
The Camaro was struck on the passenger side by a 2007 Chevrolet Equinox that had been traveling westbound on Thomas and was being driven by a 30-year-old man.
Witnesses told officers the Camaro had been racing with another vehicle prior to the driver losing control, according to Holmes.
The passenger of the Chevrolet Camaro, 17-year-old Jonathan Guardad, was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.
The driver of the Camaro, the 23-year-old man, was also transported to the hospital and his survival is questionable, Holmes said.
Immediately following the collision, all occupants of the Equinox, except the driver, grabbed beer from the vehicle and fled the scene on foot.
Police were able to catch one of the passengers, Refugio Gonzalez. He was detained and was later booked into jail for an outstanding arrest warrant.
The other fleeing passengers were not located, Holmes said.
Both drivers showed indications of impairment.
Homicide related charges are pending the survival of the Camaro driver.
The driver of the Equinox was processed for DUI and charges are pending toxicology results.