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CASA GRANDE — A 30-year-old woman and her 5-year-old son cling to life after a traffic collision in Casa Grande Friday night.

About 9:35 p.m. the 30-year-old mother was driving west on Florence Boulevard at its intersection with Interstate 10. The woman had four children in the vehicle.

Thomas Anderson, spokesman for the Casa Grande Police Department, said the woman's vehicle collided with another vehicle turning off I-10 onto Florence Boulevard.

“He struck her in the tail end and flipped her car over a couple times,” Anderson said. “Her 5-year-old son was ejected from the vehicle.”

The driver of the other vehicle was a 19-year-old man who was treated at the scene with minor injuries.

The 5-year-old was air-lifted to a Phoenix hospital by helicopter and the mother was later taken to a Phoenix hospital by ground ambulance. Both are listed in critical condition and believed to still be on life support, according to Anderson.

“I'm not sure where it is at with that family right now,” Anderson said. “We are waiting to hear from them.”

The other children in the vehicle suffered only minor injuries.

Anderson said that according to the initial investigation, the 19-year-old man is believed to have entered the intersection as the light was yellow, which is legal.

No charges have been file but the case remains under investigation, according to Anderson. Neither driver is believed to have been impaired at the time of the crash. The names of those involved in the crash have not been released yet.


Jim Headley is a reporter covering breaking news, crime and justice around Pinal County. He can be reached at