Oroville, Calif.-- An Oroville family is speaking out, two weeks after Carlos Gonzalez, a beloved husband, father, uncle, and brother was killed in a hit and run.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Gonzalez, 47, was hit while standing on the inside perimeter of a fenced-in olive orchard on Foothill Boulevard on April 19. His family says Gonzalez was helping his brother and nephew, Alejandro, with a landscaping project, when he was struck and killed.
Alejandro Gonzalez says his uncle Carlos, who leaves behind a wife and two teen boys, ages 17 and 12, may not have known what hit him. "He (the driver) just left him there like he was nothing. That's a person we're talking about here," says Gonzalez. Alejandro Gonzalez had to make the difficult phone calls to call Carlos' wife and other family members in Mexico and California. He says he told them, "He passed away. Somebody ran him over like nothing."
Carlos' brother was also at the scene, and says he heard a loud "boom," then saw a pick-up truck drive away slowly. He says the truck was driven by a man he couldn't get a good look at.
The CHP says the truck, and the truck's owner have been located, but no arrests have been made. The investigation continues.
Goznalez says his uncle was like the glue that held the family together. He says, "He was a nice guy. He was just here visiting.
He wanted to move up here because there was too much traffic down there, and look what happened. He ended up in the traffic.
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