Valley landscaper Octavio Herrera fighting for life after street racing accident

PHOENIX - A Valley community is working to raise money for a landscaper hit during an illegal street racing accident.

It happened last week at 52nd Street and Earll in Phoenix.

Octavio Herrera, who’s employed by Snappy Landscaping Service, was working on a client’s lawn.

Police say two teens were street racing, when one ran a stop sign hitting another car.

Police tell ABC15 that car plowed into a wall and hit Octavio.

“Another landscaper was just a few feet away. He rushed to pull Octavio out,” said Cash Purtill.

Purtill says he hired Herrera two years ago.

“He’s never missed a day of work,” said Purtill.

But now, Purtill is waiting for some good news on his employee. Herrera has undergone eight hours of brain surgery and is still unconscious.

Snappy Landscaping Service and Octavio's customers have set up a fund to help raise money for his expenses. 

It’s under Octavio Herrera at Chase Bank.

The Maricopa County Attorney's Office says they plan to charge the two teens as adults.


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