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Girl dies after power window rolls up and crushes her while she was playing in parked car in Phoenix


Girl dies in freak accident after power window rolls up and crushes her while playing in parked car outside her family’s Phoenix home

  • The girl, whose name and age police have not released, was killed after a power window rolled up and crushed her outside her family’s home in Phoenix, Arizona
  • She was playing in a parked car while her family was having a party at their home
  • She was taken to a local hospital in critical condition and was pronounced dead later that night, police said, adding that there are no signs of foul play


A young girl died after a power window rolled up and crushed her while she was playing in a parked car outside her family’s home in Phoenix, Arizona.

The girl, whose name and age police have not yet released, was critically injured in the car while her family was having a party at their home, near 37th Avenue and Lewis, on Saturday night around 7.30pm, according to the Phoenix Police Department.

She was taken to a local hospital in critical condition and was pronounced dead later that night, police said.

‘It’s awful. It’s heart-wrenching,’ Andy Williams, a spokesperson for the Phoenix Police Department, told Fox 10 News. ‘Little kids can get into anything and it just takes a moment for them to get into something that they shouldn’t and it just takes that moment where tragedy can strike. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and the community right now.’

A young girl died after a power window rolled up and crushed her while she was playing in a parked car outside her family’s home in Phoenix, Arizona 

The girl, whose name and age police have not yet released, was critically injured in the car while her family was having a party at their home, near 37th Avenue and Lewis, on Saturday night around 7.30pm, according to the Phoenix Police Department

The girl, whose name and age police have not yet released, was critically injured in the car while her family was having a party at their home, near 37th Avenue and Lewis, on Saturday night around 7.30pm, according to the Phoenix Police Department

She was taken to a local hospital in critical condition and was pronounced dead later that night, police said

She was taken to a local hospital in critical condition and was pronounced dead later that night, police said

Police said there are no signs of foul play. The Maricopa County Medical Examiner will determine the exact cause of death.

Janette Fennell, the president of Kids and Cars – a nationwide nonprofit that advocates for care safety – told local news outlet Arizona’s Family that the tragedy is not uncommon.

‘People don’t understand the power that these window go up. It has between a 30 to 40 pounds of force and it takes 22 pounds of force to break the trachea,’ she said.

She stressed the importance of keeping kids under adult supervision when they’re around any motor vehicles and said, ‘Maybe what [parents] aren’t thinking about is the dangers of power windows, maybe they aren’t thinking about kids knocking cars into gear or trunk entrapment.’ 

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