LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Police continue to hunt for the hit-and-run driver in a early Saturday morning crash that that killed two men — a 47-year-old postal worker who was just a block from work, and the suspect’s brother.
KCAL9’s Brittney Hopper spoke to friends and family of the postal worker.
“It’s devastating. Just devastating,” said Maria Tarango, who is family to Armando Aceves.
The victim was being remembered Saturday as a loving husband and father to two children.
“Everything was focused around the family. He truly truly was a family man,” said Tarango.
Family members told Hopper that Aceves was just hired by the US Postal Service a few months ago.
He was killed a block from the entrance of the Post Office at 2 a.m. this morning when an alleged drunk driver, also speeding and going more than 90 mph, plowed into him. Officials say the driver of that car, and two of his passengers, fled. Left behind were two more passengers — the driver’s brother who died and a man who suffered head trauma. (Authorities are hoping to interview the survivor — he’s in critical condition — to confirm the identity of the driver.)
Officials have identified the other dead man as Luigi Vasquez. They have not identified his brother, the alleged driver.
Laura Navarette, who has lived across the street from the Aceves family for seven years, says he was such a friendly neighbor.
“I’m truly shocked. I’m shocked. And being a mother myself, oh wow. Oh my gosh. I can’t [begin to understand.] You’re here one day and the next day you’re not,” said Navarette.
Family members say Aceves was liked by everyone.
They had a message to the driver who ran away.
“He needs to turn himself in. He needs to help resolve this situation and bring closure to this case,” said Tarango.