OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Friends, family members and neighbors are paying their respects at an emotional sidewalk memorial following a fatal hit and run crash.
They were just trying to cross the crosswalk to go to the laundramat. Now, Alma Garcia and her 6-year-old son are dead. The boy’s 19-year-old uncle was critically injured. A black two door Mercedes smashed into them at Foothill Boulevard and 26th Avenue and kept going.
Anselmo Garcia says he can’t believe half of his family is gone.
“I miss my kid, my wife, my brother who is still in the hospital. I miss all my family,” Garcia said.
Neighbors say the stretch of Foothill Boulevard where the accident happened has been dangerous for years as cars speed by without any signs or lights to slow them down.
“They just keep going and going and going. It takes you 10, 15 minutes to get across the street right there because nobody will slow down,” Oakland resident Francine Harris said.
Anselmo says he wants that to change so nobody else gets killed here. His friends and neighbors are determined to help him.
“At this point, solidarity is showing up, asking what he needs, how we can provide any kind of solace, any kind of support beyond this vigil. And this awareness, hopefully, will help create some kind of movement to make this a safer neighborhood,” Johanna Masis with Oakland Leaf said.
Police said the vehicle was located in another part of the city, but the suspect has not been captured. Police said Sunday they have tentatively identified a suspect but have not made an arrest.
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