Two 13-year-olds dead after stolen car crashes at Mesa intersection Wednesday

Impairment believed to have played a role in the crash, police say
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Posted at 5:11 AM, Dec 13, 2023
and last updated 2023-12-15 00:23:28-05

MESA, AZ — Two young teens are dead after a high-speed crash at a major Mesa intersection early Wednesday morning.

Mesa police say the crash involving two cars occurred at the intersection of Country Club Drive and Main Street.

A Hyundai Elantra with two people inside was headed eastbound at a “high rate of speed” and collided with a Ford Edge that was headed southbound. The Elantra then crashed into a pole.

Police say the driver and passenger in the Elantra died at the scene. It was later learned the vehicle was stolen and was occupied by two 13-year-olds, according to Mesa Police Department officials.

The people in the Edge, which was being used as a rideshare at the time, suffered minor injuries.

Impairment is believed to have been a factor in the crash, but detectives are still investigating.

No other details have been released.

The names of the two teens have not been provided, however Mesa Public Schools released the following statement to ABC15:

We are deeply saddened by the loss of two Mesa Public Schools students who tragically died in a car accident earlier this week. Their absence will be felt within our halls, classrooms, and among their peers, teachers, and friends. Our thoughts are with their loved ones during this difficult time.

We shared the difficult news with their fellow students and school staff this morning. Our school counselors and district crisis team were on hand to lend support. Crisis support information can also be found on our parent resources webpage.