At 6 a.m. on February 9, 2011, a sixteen-year-old boy allegedly ran the red light at 43rd Avenue and Buckeye Road killing one person and injuring himself and four others when the vehicle he was driving collided with a pickup truck. The sixteen-year-old, whose name has not yet been released, was driving with his mother, grandmother and girlfriend in the vehicle at the time of the accident. His mother was pronounced dead at the scene, and authorities initially believed she died as a result of the collision. Officers later learned that the sixteen-year-old had choked his mother to death prior to the accident. The boy’s mother and grandmother had picked the boy up in California with plans to take him home to Oklahoma to get him help for his mental health problems. According to Police, it is suspected that the boy began choking his mother while his grandmother was driving them through Phoenix. The grandmother stopped at a convenience store and told the store’s clerk to call the police. The boy then climbed into the driver’s seat, and the grandma jumped back into the car as the boy was driving away. The boy collided with the pickup truck almost two hours later. After the accident, the boy, his grandmother, his girlfriend and the driver of the pickup truck were taken to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. The boy is being detained at the hospital and is expected to be charged with the death of his mother.
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