Yard worker critically hurt after 2 vehicles crash in Phoenix neighborhood

PHOENIX - A landscaper is in extremely critical condition after he was struck by a vehicle Wednesday morning, authorities say.

Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said the man in his 60s was working in a yard at 52nd Street and Earll Drive when a Mustang heading west on Earll failed to stop at a stop sign and struck a pest control truck driving southbound on 52nd Street.

The truck went off the roadway and struck the man working in a nearby yard.

The landscaper was taken to the hospital in extremely critical condition, Thompson said.

The driver of the truck was also taken to the hospital, but Thompson didn’t know the extent of his injuries.

Police said the driver of the Mustang is 17 years old.

Thompson said the driver of the Mustang was racing a 16-year-old male driving a Chevrolet Avalanche. The second teen had two passengers with him and police believe he stopped at the stop sign and was not actually involved in the collision.

Thompson said detectives are trying to locate the Avalanche.

He said drag racing is believed to have caused the collision and that both drivers will face aggravated assault and endangerment charges.

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