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UPDATE: Street racing to blame for deadly crash in Phoenix

Posted at 12:15 PM, Jun 29, 2016

Police now say street racing is to blame for a deadly accident in Phoenix on Sunday morning June 5.

Crews were called to the scene near 47th Avenue and Thomas Road around 11:30 a.m.

According to Phoenix police, a 23-year-old man was driving too fast and lost control of his Chevrolet Camaro causing it to spin into oncoming traffic. 

The Camaro was struck on the passenger side by a Chevy Equinox driven by a 30-year-old man.

Court records now reveal that the driver of the Camaro was Daniel Guardado. Witnesses report that he was racing with an older model Chevrolet pickup truck.

Police received a warrant to check the "airbag module," it revealed that the Camaro was traveling 80 MPH, five seconds prior to the collision.

The passenger of the Camaro, 17-year-old Jonathan Guardado, was transported to the hospital where he later died. Daniel Guardado was also transported. He was arrested 17 days later after his release from the hospital.

Immediately after the crash, authorities say the passengers in the Equinox, except the driver, grabbed beer from the car and fled on foot.

One of the passengers, Refugio Gonzalez, was captured by officers and booked into jail for an outstanding arrest warrant. The other fleeing passengers have not been found.

Police say both drivers showed signs of impairment. 

Daniel Guardado has been charged with endangerment  and negligent homicide.

The driver of the Equinox was processed for DUI and may face charges pending toxicology results.