A 19-year-old man is dead and a search is underway for the driver of a Chevy pickup in what witnesses described as a street racing collision involving a third vehicle.
Witnesses told Phoenix police an older model white 1964 or 1965 Chevy pickup truck was racing with the driver of a Nissan Sentra about 2:45 p.m. Monday.
"Witness accounts have these two vehicles racing on 16th Street from Broadway northbound, weaving in and out of traffic," said Phoenix Police Sgt. Trent Crump.
Witnesses said the speeds of the two vehicles were about twice the normal flow of traffic. Crump said the posted limit in the area is 40 mph.
"At some point, the driver of the Nissan lost control, went left of center and struck a Ford F-350 that was northbound on 16th Street," Crump said.
The Ford landed on the Nissan, killing its driver, Xavier Robles, the only occupant, Crump said. Investigators were investigating whether impairment might have been a factor, Crump said.
A father and daughter were in the Ford and were expected to be OK. Crump said safety harnesses, seat belts and airbags saved their lives.
The Chevy pickup was last seen southbound on 16th Street through Southern Avenue.
Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call Silent Witness at 480 WITNESS or toll free at 1-800-343-TIPS.
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