Landscaper hit in Phoenix street-racing crash dies

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 10 at 10:45 AM

PHOENIX – A landscaper who was hit by a truck in a chain-reaction crash that police said was caused by street racing has died and the teen drivers involved could face more serious charges.

Phoenix police said Jose Angel Gonzalez, 17, was driving a Ford Mustang when he ran a stop sign at 52nd Street and Earll Drive and collided with an exterminator's pickup truck on March 26.

Sgt. Tommy Thompson said the truck crashed through a block wall and into a yard where it struck Octavio Grijalva Herrera, who was mowing the lawn.

Police said Gonzalez and Esteban Chavez Jr., 16, were street racing when the crash occurred.

Police said Chavez, who was driving a Chevrolet Avalanche, fled the scene and went home to switch vehicles before going to school. He was taken into custody after school officials heard about the crash and called detectives.

Herrera, 61, was hospitalized in critical condition. Police said he died Sunday.

The teen drivers will face charges as adults. Both were facing aggravated assault and endangerment charges, but Thompson said they now will face more serious charges due to Herrera's death.
 


 

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