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Teens indicted in crash that killed Phoenix landscaper

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The chain reaction crash occurred at an East Valley intersection. (Source: CBS 5 News) The chain reaction crash occurred at an East Valley intersection. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Jose Gonzalez (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Jose Gonzalez (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Esteban Chavez (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Esteban Chavez (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
A 17-year-old boy apparently was racing a 16-year-old boy, police said. (Source: CBS 5 News) A 17-year-old boy apparently was racing a 16-year-old boy, police said. (Source: CBS 5 News)
The crash killed a landscaper who was working in a nearby yard. (Source: CBS 5 News) The crash killed a landscaper who was working in a nearby yard. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5/AP) -

Two teenage drivers have been charged with manslaughter after a street-racing crash in Phoenix allegedly caused the death of a landscaper.

Phoenix police said 61-year-old Octavio Grijalva Herrera died of his injuries Sunday after he was critically injured in the March 26 crash.

Officers said Jose Angel Gonzalez, 17, driving a Mustang, was racing Esteban Chavez Jr., 16,  when the younger teen's car allegedly ran a stop sign. That touched off a five-vehicle collision.

Herrera was rushed to the hospital in critical condition after he was hit by a pickup truck in a chain-reaction crash. He underwent brain surgery in an attempt to save his life.

Herrera was mowing a lawn near an East Valley intersection when he was struck.

Police said Gonzalez blew through a stop sign and hit the exterminator's pickup near 52nd Street and Earll Drive about 8 a.m.

The crash sent the truck and its 27-year-old driver through a block wall, hitting Herrera. The driver of the pickup was hurt.

"There was debris as you can see to the south," said Phoenix Police Sgt. Tommy Thompson. "We have some debris that appears to be 100 feet down the road. We also have some in yards."

The flying debris damaged three other vehicles, police said.

Police tracked down Chavez and his two passengers at a school in the area of 3100 N. 56th St. Officers said the boy had driven his vehicle home after the accident and exchanged it for another car before he went to school.

Maricopa County Attorney spokesman Jerry Cobb confirmed with CBS 5 News that both teens will be charged as adults.

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