Family of Pinay killed in hit-and-run crash seeks justice

HAYWARD, Calif. – The Bermudez family continues to cope with the death of their mother and grandmother, Aurora Bermudez, who was killed one week ago crossing a busy intersection.

According to her family, Aurora will be remembered as a fun-loving lady who enjoyed dancing and volunteering.

The 65-year-old Pampanga native arrived to the U.S. three years ago.

“My mom is a very nice person,” said Marizza Bermudez Catle, Aurora’s daughter. “She’s a God-fearing person and she has a lot of friends. I love my mom so much and a lot of people knows she’s a very good person.”

Bermudez was crossing at Hesperian Boulevard and Tahoe Avenue when she was hit by two vehicles shortly before 7 a.m. on Dec. 28.

According to police, the first vehicle that struck her initially stopped and the occupants went outside; however, only moments later they returned to their vehicle and drove off.

The second vehicle remained on scene and cooperated with investigators.

Police believe the first vehicle is a dark-colored 1990s four-door Toyota Corolla that may have extensive damage to the windshield, hood and possibly the front fenders.

It was unknown whether alcohol or drugs were factors in the fatal crash.

The Bermudez family is hoping that anyone who may have seen the vehicle or know anything about the incident will come forward.

“If they know something about the accident that took place on that evening,” said Aurora’s other daughter Marietta Bermudez. “It is our mom that unfortunately was the victim and we’re searching and looking forward to having justice be served to us and my mom, especially.”

“I’m not really mad,” said Marizza. “It’s just that it’s so painful that she passed just like that. And I wish they didn’t run away and they just show up because it’s easier for us to accept.”

Anyone with information on the fatal crash are asked to contact Sergeant Jason Corsolini of the Hayward Police Department at (510) 293-7149.

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