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Updated Jun 18, 2013 - 12:50 pm

8-year-old killed in suburban Phoenix freeway crash

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Authorities said an 8-year-old boy is dead after a car crash in Scottsdale.

Scottsdale police said the child died Monday after the minivan he was riding in slammed into a light pole on Loop 101.

Arizona Department of Public Safety officials said the boy's mother was driving the minivan when a male passenger grabbed the wheel for an unknown reason.

They said the van swerved to the right of the roadway and collided with a pole.

Police said the boy was sitting in the back seat of the van and wearing a seat belt. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

DPS officials said the mother and male passenger suffered minor injuries and were transported to the hospital.

Their names and the identity of the boy haven't been released.

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