MEAD VALLEY (CBSLA.com) — An Inland Empire man was set to marry the love of his life, but now his family is having to plan his funeral after he became the victim of a hit-and-run.
“I didn’t know what to do. What to say. I just started crying,” said Maritza Martinez, the victim’s fiancée.READ MORE: Innocent Driver Killed After Short Pursuit Ends In Fiery Crash Near The Grove; Suspect In Custody
At Jesus Garcia’s bedside, Martinez says she knew those moments with him would likely be her last.
“He was there but I kept on calling him. Talking to him and saying, ‘Baby, I am here,’ you know. And he wouldn’t answer me,” she said.
Garcia was hit while riding his motorcycle in Mead Valley west of the 215 Freeway.
Investigators say a driver slammed into him at the intersection of Cajalco Road and Brown Street and kept going.
“To leave somebody that has a full life ahead of them, somebody that’s loved by so many people, and you’re just going to leave them there, lying on the floor like a dead animal,” she said.READ MORE: Exclusive: Granada Hills Residents Fear For Their Safety, Property Values As Junk Piles In Neighbors Yard
Garcia succumbed to his head injuries last week.
His fiancée says she’s now holding onto her last moments with him.
“He kept telling me, ‘Baby, I love you. Baby, I love you,’ ” she said. “And I said, ‘I love you, too.’ And he kept tickling me and making me laugh.”
Tuesday marks a week since Garcia’s heart stopped pumping, Martinez said.
“A week that I have seen him. A week that I haven’t heard his voice. That he hugged me. That he told me he loved me. I have not heard that in two weeks,” she said.
There are few leads and few witnesses in the case as cameras in the area were not recording at the time.MORE NEWS: Have You Noticed Higher Gas Prices Lately? You're Not Alone
Investigators said they’re searching for a yellow truck that the California Highway Patrol says likely sustained front-end damage.