Grieving family of hit and run victim searching for answers


by QUITA CULPEPPER / KVUE News and Photojournalist MICHAEL MOORE

Posted on August 27, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 27 at 5:21 PM

TRAVIS COUNTY -- Travis County hit and run victim Ricardo Gonzales was laid to rest Tuesday, and his grieving family is begging for someone to come forward with information about who ran him down early last week and left him on the side of the road.

“This is the last time I'm going to see my dad,” said his daughter Ashley Gonzales. “It's actually really heartbreaking. It hurts a lot.”

Friends and family gathered at the Mission Funeral Home on Cesar Chavez Tuesday morning to say goodbye to Gonzales for the last time.

His three children, Maria, Ricardo Jr. and Ashley still can't believe their father is gone.

They say Gonzales' three young grandchildren are struggling to understand why they won't see their grandfather again.

“He loved them dearly. He played with them, and he loved to just make them laugh,” said Gonzales' ex-wife, Sylvia Gonzales. “He was a wonderful man. He never hurt no one. He enjoyed his life to the fullest. Ricky was Ricky.”

Investigators say early on the morning of August 19, 52-year-old Gonzales was walking on the side of Coulver Road in Southeast Travis county when a vehicle hit him. The driver didn't stop. There are few leads in the case. 

“It's broken our hearts. You know you always hear about it, but when it hits closer to home, that's when you feel it,” said Brenda Mirelez, the victim’s niece.

Mirelez says the family is putting together a reward for information about the deadly hit and run.

“Somebody out there knows something,” Mirelez said.

Before she saw her father one last time, Gonzales' daughter wanted the driver who killed him to know he not only took a life, he broke a family's heart.

“I hope that they have to think about it for the rest of their life because they killed a man that didn't deserve it,” Ashley said.

If you have any information about this case, you're asked to call the Department of Public Safety at 512 424-7391.

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