Teens street racing in central Phoenix to be charged as adults, according to officials

PHOENIX - The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office says they are charging two Valley teens as adults in connection with a street racing accident that landed a landscaper in the hospital.

Authorities said the accident happened Wednesday near 52nd Street and Earll Drive in Phoenix.

Police said the teens, Esteban Chavez and Jose Gonzalez, decided to race down Earll Drive from their school.

Authorities tell ABC15, one of the teens blew through a stop sign and hit another car causing that car to hit the landscaper's truck.

Police said the landscaper has life threatening injuries and is fighting for his life.

Judy and Milt Jesman live in the neighborhood and watch cars race by every night.

"It's a nice laid back community, they said. "Just since the school has come in, that's when we've noticed an increase in speed," said Milt.

Drivers are ignoring the speed limit which is 25 mph.

"All the neighbors along here are yelling at the drivers," said Milt. "I just knew something was going to happen," said Judy.

"These are young people that don't look toward their future. They took a chance and it was a chance that went bad," said Judy.

Neighbors said they’re hoping to work with the city to put speed bumps in throughout the neighborhood.

The hope being the speed bumps will slow drivers down.

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