Dejarnett was married and described by his brother as a "sweet, gentle man who loved animals and had a huge heart." (Source: Photo courtesy Jeffrey Dejarnett)
The Johnson family. (Source: Lynn, their grandmother)
Dejarnett, 31, died Monday night from injuries suffered when his sedan was struck head-on by a van driven by an unlicensed 16-year-old boy. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
A fourth person has died as the result of a violent collision in southwest Phoenix, in which three brothers died Monday morning.
Matthew Dejarnett, 31, of Phoenix died at a Valley hospital Monday night.
"The world has lost too much to even begin to explain," said Dejarnett's friend Robert Hernandez. "It's lost a great man, a great friend, a great husband, great brother, a great son."
Dejarnett was driving a 2011 Toyota Corolla on Southern Avenue, near 54th Avenue, when his car was struck by a Dodge Caravan, driven by an unlicensed 16-year-old boy taking his siblings to school, said Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump.
"It's a sad thing," said Hernandez. "It's a terrible accident caused by a lot of unnecessary actions. And, there are a lot of innocent people killed that day."
Dejarnett moved to Phoenix about nine months ago to study at Carrington College, to become a radiology technician, said his brother, Jeffrey Dejarnett, who described Matthew Dejarnett as a "sweet, gentle man who loved animals and had a huge heart."
Matthew Dejarnett was married, but had no children, his brother told CBS 5 News.
Crump said Matthew Dejarnett was wearing a seat belt, and his air bags deployed, but that wasn't enough to save him from the impact.
Hernandez said a car wash will be held Thursday afternoon at the Carrington College parking lot, at the corner of 27th Ave. and Bethany Home Rd. from noon to 4:00 p.m., to raise money to offset Dejarnett's funeral costs.
The 16-year-old driver of the van was taking his six siblings to school, and he was seen speeding and passing on the right side of traffic, Crump said. The van left the road as it narrowed to one lane, and the teen lost control of the van before the collision.
Three boys, Dominic Johnson, 4, Mikquan Johnson, 5, and Jaymon Hamilton, 11, died. One of the victims was found in a nearby field, ejected from the van as it rolled.
Crump said none of the children in the van wore a seat belt, or were restrained in a car seat.
One child was dead at the scene, and two others died at area hospitals.
Crump said a 3-year-old girl remained in critical condition, and the teen driver and two other siblings, ages 12 and 14, suffered incapacitating injuries. The 12 and 14-year-olds were expected to survive, Crump said.
Police said the driver had applied for a learner's permit.
Crump said the teen driver might have been impaired, and blood was taken, via a search warrant, to be tested.
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