Father killed in high-speed crash, teen arrested

- Police say a teenage driver, suspected of being impaired and driving a stolen vehicle, was detained after running from the scene of a deadly collision in central Phoenix.  

"I opened my screen door and when I opened my screen door I heard the girl screaming and she was just crying," Carlos Grafias said.

Grafias says the image won't leave his head.

"Her friend was next to her just laying down," he said.

He's talking about the victims in the drunk driving crash who police say a 17 year old caused. Video taken by Phoenix first responders show just how bad this accident was.

A 61-year-old father, who police identified as Dale Curtis, was killed when the suspected drunk teen collided with them near 10th Street and San Juan. His 14-year-old daughter was also in the car and seriously hurt.

Police say two other young girls were in the car with the suspect. Witnesses say he was speeding with the headlights off. After crashing, he left all the victims at the scene as he tried to run away.

But Carlos and a couple of other neighbors would stop him.

"He was still trying to jump that fence, that's when we grabbed him and told him to stay there," he said.

Carlos says it was clear that the boy was impaired.

"He was just not there, fully, he was trying to find a way to escape... he was stumbling his words... he had a gash on his head, his hands were kinda bleeding," he said.

 


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