KINGMAN - A 14-year-old Gold Canyon boy was killed after his father lost control of their truck and the vehicle was struck by an SUV on Interstate 40 Tuesday night.
The boy is identified as Nicolas Granata. His father, 48-year-old Paul Granata, was behind the wheel of a 2003 Toyota pickup truck towing another Toyota on westbound I-40 around 7:45 p.m. According to police and fire officials, the vehicle being towed became unattached, which caused Granata to lose control of his truck.
The truck hit the right guardrail and then the center median before coming to a rest horizontally in the roadway.
The truck was then struck by a 2006 black GMC Yukon SUV driven by a 44-year-old Las Vegas man.
Department of Public Safety Spokesman Robert Bailey said the 14-year-old was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the truck. He was declared dead at the scene.
His father, who was also not wearing a seatbelt, had to be extricated from the truck. He was transported to Kingman Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released.
The driver of the SUV was wearing a seatbelt and received only minor injuries.
Westbound lanes were closed for three hours after the accident until reopening around 10:45 p.m.