New Year’s Day crash in Phoenix leaves 16-year-old dead
PHOENIX – An early morning crash on Wednesday left a 16-year-old girl dead, according to Phoenix Police.
Around 3:10 a.m., 24-year-old Kelvin Allen was driving northbound on 16th Street from Roeser Road when he lost control of his 2003 Nissan Pathfinder. It went into a slide, left the roadway and struck a block wall near the side of the road.
At the time of the collision, there were six or seven passengers in the car. Kaniesha Sutton, 16, was unrestrained in the back seat and was ejected from the vehicle.
She suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Other passengers in the car suffered minor injuries. Allen did not suffer any injuries.
Allen told police that he passed a slower vehicle, and when he attempted to change back to his original lane, the back of his car collided with the front of the other vehicle.
Police evaluated Allen and determined with probable cause that he was impaired.
Allen was booked into Maricopa County jail and charged with manslaughter, aggravated assault and endangerment.
The investigation is ongoing.