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Landscaper hit by street racers fights for his life

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) -

It's a story we've been telling you about for nearly a week.  A 61-year-old landscaper is fighting for his life after he was hit by a car.

Police say two teens were recklessly street racing and now the victim's company is speaking out about the crash.

Octavio G. Herrera's employer and the community where this happened are coming together to try and help him.  He was the only one involved in this crash to suffer life-threatening injuries.

Herrera is still in pretty bad shape.  He was mowing the lawn at a home near 52nd Street and Earll when he was hit.

"He did go under an eight hour brain surgery the next day, but he is still on a breathing machine and is unresponsive," said Cash Purtill of Snappy Lawn Service.

Last Wednesday, police say the teen drivers were racing their cars down Earll Drive.  The driver of the Mustang ran a stop sign and smashed into a truck, sending it through a block wall and into Herrera, who was working with a group of landscapers.

"They are pretty shook up. Especially the one gentleman who was working right here close to him. He is the one that actually pulled him from under that truck," said Purtill.

Police arrested 17-year-old Jose Gonzalez and 16-year-old Esteban Chavez.  Both are expected to be charged as adults.

The victim has been in extremely critical condition ever since the crash.

"He needed the help most of all in this whole tragic thing," said Judie Jesman.

Jesman's home is where the crash happened.  She's been going through the neighborhood, handing out information on how to donate to the victim.  She says the response has been overwhelming.

"This is a really tight know neighborhood. They are really compassionate and everyone knows that this is a neighborhood that has to be fixed."

A Chase Bank account has been set up to help the victim.  It's in the name of Octavio G. Herrera.

As for the two teens who police say were racing, they were both booked for aggravated assault and endangerment.  They are now out of jail.

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