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A 14-year-old boy suspected of stealing a vehicle on Nov. 6 before crashing, killing three people riding with him, is facing numerous charges in connection with the incident, Phoenix police said Monday.

He has been released from a hospital after being treated for injuries he suffered in the accident, which also injured three other people. He was taken to the Maricopa County Juvenile Correction Center.

Police said they will seek the following charges against the boy: three counts of first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of endangerment, one count of felony flight and one count of theft of means of transportation.

The teen’s name was not released by police. The Arizona Republic does not identify juvenile suspects unless they are formally charged in adult court.

Seven people were riding inside a 2006 white Ford Explorer that had been stolen near Metrocenter Mall prior to the crash, police said.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety later notified Phoenix police the suspected stolen vehicle was seen driving along the Interstate 17 frontage road approaching Greenway Road about 8 p.m., on Nov. 6, police said.

At that intersection, the Explorer collided with a Honda CRV turning on a green light. The engine area of the stolen car then caught on fire. 

Three people killed in the accident were identified by police as Promise Garcia, 14, who was pronounced dead at the scene, Melissa Bishop, 38, and Ariella Santos, 13. Bishop and Santos died at a hospital.

The others injured in the accident were two teenage girls, ages 14 and 16, and a 24-year-old man.

The driver of the Honda was treated at the scene and was not seriously injured, police said.


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