September 23, 2023

HAYWARD — A 55-year-old bicyclist killed by a hit-and-run driver final week was described by household and buddies as “extremely sensible, pleasant and real” and as a person who was beloved by everybody who knew him.

And whereas those that knew him nonetheless mourn the demise of Chris Pena, a Hayward resident, police are persevering with the seek for the driving force who hit him.

Police mentioned the deadly collision occurred about 5:36 p.m. Sept. 6 on the intersection of Mission Boulevard and Orchard Avenue.

Pena was hit by what police consider is a grey, early- to mid-2000s mannequin Mercedes with silver coloured five-spoke rims. The automobile fled the scene at a excessive fee of pace and certain had main front-end passenger aspect injury. The motive force was believed to be the only real occupant however an in depth description of the individual has not been launched.

Pena died later within the day at a hospital.

The demise is Hayward’s seventh deadly visitors collision of the yr.

A GoFundMe account for Pena had raised greater than $33, by Monday afternoon. The account’s organizer, household buddy Derrick Lobo, wrote that Pena is survived by his spouse of 23 years, a daughter who turned 21 the day earlier than he was killed, one other daughter aged 19 and a son, 16.

The oldest daughter attends UC Berkeley, the youngest UC Davis and the son is a Hayward Excessive College junior, in keeping with Lobo, who wrote that everybody who knew Pena is “devastated from his mindless demise.”

The GoFundMe account was organized to assist pay for Pena’s funeral bills and likewise to assist along with his kids’s academic wants.

“I bear in mind how excited Chris was when his women bought into UC Berkeley and UC Davis,” Lobo wrote. “Training was all the pieces to him and I do know certainly that he would need his youngsters to complete school and get these levels.”