A Filipino American chef died last week in Los Angeles after being struck by a vehicle driven by a suspect attempting to flee from Los Angeles police.
Jeeves Tangonan, 37, was driving home from work when he was struck by the suspect during the police chase on the evening of March 2.
Sheriffs say that suspect Alex Lopez had assaulted a deputy during a routine traffic stop after he was driving erratically. The ensuing vehicular chase ended in a fiery crash.
Tangonan’s family has set up fundraisers on Facebook and GoFundMe.
In her Facebook fundraiser post, Tangonan’s wife Stephanie described him as a wonderful person, a warrior, a real loyal friend, and a wonderful son who was a blessing for everyone who knew him.
Lopez has pleaded not guilty to a series of counts including gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, assault and fleeing a pursuing peace officer and two counts of DUI causing injury.
Lopez is currently in jail in lieu of $205,000 bail and is scheduled to be in court in late April.