Family Man Headed Home From Work Dies In Hit And Run

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A New Jersey husband and father was killed in a hit-and-run crash, and his widowed wife wants police to track down those responsible.

Francisca Lopez, a 24-year-old mother of two with another baby on the way, clutched pictures of her late husband on Thursday night in New Brunswick. She  said she needs police “to find whoever hit her husband so they can punished to the full extent of the law.”

She told CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis that 26-year-old Leonel Lopez Hernandez was killed riding his bike home from work.

Hernandez was struck and killed at the intersection of Georges Road and South Talmadge Street on Wednesday at around 10:30 p.m. The location is less than a mile from his job as a custodian at Bristol-Myers Squibb.

“They just left him there. Somebody else called the police. The one that struck him ran away,” said Patricia Zarate, a relative who came to comfort Lopez.

Zarate said the driver took a loving father, husband, son and brother, working to make a living for his family.

“And he wasn’t doing anything bad. He was getting out of work, straight to home,” Zarate said.

Just steps away from the accident scene there are a number of signs, warning of children at play and speed humps ahead. Investigators said speed is likely a factor in the hit and run.

Through her tears, Lopez expressed anger at her husband’s killer, but did leave a card and white flowers at scene that reads “This is for you my love. Rest in peace. I will always remember and love you.”

Please leave a comment below…

  • Ann-Marie Greco Kampo

    Wow you guys are unbelievable. The man loses his life and there are going to be 3 kids and one wife without him and all you can think of is: who is going to pay for the kids and whether he should have been riding a bike! Seriously… he was trying to earn a living for his family the best way he knew how. Very upstanding compared to other people (all cultures included) who take advantage of a system. oh and by the way. He was a very nice, respectful man and always said “hi”

  • Opus the Poet

    Since the driver crossed the road to hit the cyclist head on, it can be reasonably assumed he (another assumption) saw the cyclist. Also since it wasn’t mentioned in several reports and there was video of the wreck that showed bike lights we can be sure that the cyclist was lighted. I consider this to be a murder, not an “accident”. You don’t go all the way to the opposite shoulder of the road and hit a cyclist by “accident”.

  • dollars and SENSE

    Who’s paying to support the 2 (soon to be 3) kids??

    • t

      You are stupid__who is supporting you may I ask? This guy lost his life__ and you are talking dumb ass!
      Go get some sense in your brain of yours.

    • Tired of Foolishness

      Dollars you obviously have no sense! Why is that an issue, their father was just killed.

  • t

    Riding a bike at night?? How can you see at night?? No wonder he got killed. Take the bus,railroad__ People drive road rage these days, you have to be careful because you get run over. This is so sad. I would never ride a bike at night!!

    • Opus the Poet

      You’re right, it is totally impossible to ride a bike at night, nevermind that I have been doing it for 12 years now. Of course there was that one time a driver made a U-turn to come back and hit me, but that wasn’t an “accident” the stupid drunk did that on purpose. thing is a few years later a stupid drunk hit and killed 2 cyclists in broad daylight who weren’t even riding on a road but on a bike path next to the road.

      So, should we ban all bicycles, because people in cars do stupid things? Or maybe we should ban cars because it has been demonstrated repeatedly that drivers kill people, both people in other cars and people not in cars, to the tune of an average of 40,000 people a year over the last decade, or about 14 9/11 disasters every tear for 10 years since 2001.

    • john smith

      while i do agree with you about how unsafe it is to ride a bike by night but the driver of the car should have still stayed there with the victim instead of leaving the scene of the accident.i also try not to ride my bike at night & except for a few times when i was running behind schedule i also am not on my bike by nightime but that does not give the driver of the car to just take off & just leave the victim there like that.

      my condolences to the family of leonel lopez hernandez for what you are going through right now.

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