SAN JOSE, Calif. (KRON) — The search continues tonight for a person wanted in connection with a fatal hit and run in San Jose.
Family and friends have pleaded for help after 24-year-old Jose Esparza was killed in a crash near McKee Road and 33rd Street on Saturday.
It’s been almost a week since that driver hit and killed Esparza and ran away on foot.
Police say the unknown suspect was speeding and trying to evade officers when they crashed into Esparza’s car.
The 24-year-old is remembered as someone with a bright future who was tragically cut short.
Heartbreak in East San Jose after the tragic murder of a youth counselor and respected member of the community.
Jose Esparza was driving early Saturday morning when police said he was hit by another car and ejected through the windshield.
Detectives released this photo of the suspect’s car.
Vito Chiala was the principal of Esparza at Overfelt High School.
He remembers the 24-year-old as a determined and humble student and football star, who conquered huge opportunities, but Chiala says Esparza’s goal from the start has always been to give back.
“He was so hardworking and so determined and so positive and all that work was not for himself or his personal gain but to make a difference in the lives of others and I mean we can all strive for that,” he said. chiala.
San Jose police say the crashed driver avoided a traffic stop before going through a red light and crashing into Esparza’s car.
The unknown driver then fled on foot.
Candles and flowers are set up as a way to keep Esparza’s memory alive as the police try to find out who killed him.
“At some point this man will know what he did and he will have to live with it for the rest of his life and that will be a huge punishment for whoever he is,” Chiala said.
A number of fundraisers have been set up to help Esparza’s family pay the funeral expenses.
Those with information about this crash or who the driver might be are encouraged to call the San Jose Police Department.