NORTHRIDGE (CBSLA.com) —Friends and family gathered Wednesday evening for an emotional vigil to honor and remember a 24-year-old Northridge man killed this morning in a hit-and-run.
The vigil was held at Balboa Boulevard and Parthenia Street not far from where Robert Ramage’s car was broadsided by a pickup truck.
The force of the impact caused Ramage, a veterinary assistant, to be ejected from his vehicle.
The driver of the pickup truck fled the scene on foot leaving his vehicle. The pickup driver also had two passengers who also fled.
KCAL9’s Juan Fernandez said the vigil continued to grow through the evening and the man’s friends and family were quite emotional.
Dee Reynolds said her brother was on his way home from his job at the time of the accident.
Ramage was just a mile from his home.
“He was left to die, no one deserves to die that way,” said Reynolds.
His friends all said Ramage had so much potential and so much to live for.
“Robert was a very, very positive person. Everyone who he came across he touched their lives in some way, ” said Michelle Zakosek. “No matter what was going on in his life, he was always smiling. And he was always projecting that on to other people.”
“He was like a fourth brother to me,” said Kelly Zakosek. “Words can’t even describe how he brightened my life.”