Shortly before midnight on Monday, Robert Alva was struck by a vehicle while crossing an intersection in Fontana. The driver stopped for a moment, then sped away, leaving Alva to die on the road.
“My uncle didn’t deserve to die like this. He was a good man,” said Andrea Fernandez, the victim’s niece.
Alva was crossing the street, heading south on the intersection of Almeria Avenue and Foothill Boulevard. Surveillance footage shows Alva had almost reached the sidewalk when the traffic light turned green and a driver slammed into him. Video shows the car slow down for a moment before speeding away.
Police are looking for a dark-colored Toyota sedan with extensive front-end damage. Nearly a week after the fatal crash, investigators are still searching for the driver.
On Thursday, family members gathered at the intersection where the crash occurred for a makeshift memorial.
“He was always there to lend a helping hand and give anything he could,” said Tony Alva, the victim’s brother.