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2 teens indicted on manslaughter, other charges over alleged street racing crash that killed 4 in Phoenix

Dec 5, 2022, 12:08 PM

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PHOENIX — Two teenagers have been indicted on manslaughter and other charges over their alleged role in a fiery street racing crash in Phoenix from July that killed four.

Jakel Huckaby and Elena Marie Rodriguez, both 17, each face nine felony charges in the deadly high-speed wreck that occurred near 43rd Avenue and Thunderbird Road at about 2 a.m. on July 22.

Police said a stolen Toyota Camry carrying six teenagers slammed into a rideshare vehicle with three occupants as the rideshare vehicle was making a left turn on to Thunderbird Road.

The stolen car was racing against a dark sedan northbound on 43rd Avenue before the crash occurred, according to police.

Rideshare driver Terry Hill, 28, and passengers Sara Loustaunau, 37, and British Conception Pena, 39, died at the scene after the vehicle burst into flames.

Galexy Saunders, a 19-year-old passenger in the stolen car, died after being taken to a hospital. The other occupants were hospitalized with serious injuries.

Huckaby and Rodriguez were charged with four counts of manslaughter, three counts of endangerment and one count of aggravated assault.

Huckaby was also charged with one count of theft as a means of transportation.

Rodriguez’s other charge was one count of leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

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2 teens indicted on manslaughter, other charges over alleged street racing crash that killed 4 in Phoenix