Corrections & clarifications: This story has been updated to reflect the location of the stolen vehicle when the crash occurred and the date of the crash.

The Phoenix Police Department has identified three people killed in a fiery two-car crash that also left four people injured on Monday night near Interstate 17 and Greenway Road.

The vehicle carrying all who died and all who were injured was stolen and was being driven by a 14-year-old boy.

Promise Garcia, 14, was pronounced dead at the scene. Melissa Bishop, 38, and Ariella Santos, 12, were pronounced dead at the hospital, said Sgt. Vincent Lewis, Phoenix police spokesman. 

There is a GoFundMe page for Ariella’s funeral expenses and Promise Garcia’s funeral expenses.

Ariella Santos’ 16-year-old sister, Estella Santos, is in serious but stable condition. Their mother, Marie De La Torre, posted on Facebook that Estella was in the ICU on Wednesday with brain damage. She said that the doctors said it could take anywhere from a month to a year for her to wake up.

A 14-year-old girl and a 24-year-old man have non-life-threatening injuries, along with the 14-year-old driver.

The vehicle, a 2006 Ford Expedition, was stolen on Nov. 5 as the keys were left in the vehicle, according to a police report. Police have not identified the person they believe stole the vehicle. 

About 8 p.m. on Nov. 6, Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers notified Phoenix police that a stolen SUV was headed northbound near I-17 and Dunlap Avenue.

Shortly after the call, Phoenix police received word of a serious collision in the area. 

Seven people were in the Expedition.

That vehicle collided with a Honda CRV that was turning northbound on a green light from East Greenway Road onto the frontage road.

The driver of the Honda was treated at the scene. Neither driver showed signs of impairment, police said. 

Lewis said the investigation is ongoing. He said charges against the 14-year-old driver likely will be recommended soon.


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