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A 17-year-old boy in a wheelchair died at the hospital Sunday after being ejected from a vehicle in a two-car collision in Thunderbird Farms, a spokeswoman for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said.

The fatal accident occurred at approximately 2:29 p.m. on Oct. 29 at the intersection of Ralston and Papago Roads in unincorporated Maricopa.

Prior to the collision, a gray minivan carrying at least five passengers was westbound on Papago Road.

Pinal County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Navideh Forghani said a driver of a 2018 black Acura driving north on Ralston failed to stop at the intersection’s stop sign and continued north through the roadway.

The driver of the minivan struck the rear passenger-side of the Acura, causing the van to spin into the northwest corner of the intersection and roll onto its side, Forghani said.

“In the middle row seats of the van were two individuals who were in wheel chairs. One of those individuals was ejected from the vehicle,” Forghani said. “That 17-year-old died from his injuries at the hospital.”

Forghani said the second person in a wheel chair received “moderate injuries.”

A 1-year-old and a 39-year-old in the rear seat of the minivan were both uninjured. Another person in the van, described by PCSO as a juvenile, suffered a broken arm.

Charges are pending against the driver of the Acura. PCSO said that driver’s condition is unknown.

Residents nearby reported hearing sirens, seeing a medivac helicopter and multiple emergency responders at the scene Sunday afternoon.

The minivan’s “entire left side (was) ripped off,” said Amy Rogers-Boterman who lives in a neighborhood not far from the intersection.

The Acura’s “front end (was) completely smashed,” Rogers-Boterman said. “(It) looked like one of the people in the minivan was dressed up to go somewhere.”

PCSO has not released the victim’s name.

 

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