Photo of Moses Galang, 11, who was killed in a hit-and-run crash. (Photo courtesy of Vanessa Galang)
Moses Galang, 11, was taken to the hospital after he was hit by two vehicles on Monday. He was pronounced dead on Thursday. (Photo courtesy of Lonnie Morris)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Loved ones and friends gathered at a south Sacramento intersection to remember hit-and-run victim Moses Galang Saturday evening.
The 11-year-old boy died from his injures Thursday, days after he was struck by a two cars in South Sacramento. Moses was struck Monday evening as he was in the crosswalk with a 12-year-old friend in the intersection of Bruceville Road and Cosumnes River Boulevard.
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Witnesses said the boys may have been crossing against a red light. But his mother disagrees.
"I taught my son to be safe," Jessica Fort said. "He knew when to cross and when not to cross. He did it many times with us watching."
Moses's friend made it across safely, but the 11-year-old boy was hit by two cars. The first car stopped; the second vehicle, an older white or light-colored van, took off after hitting Moses.
"There's nothing anyone could say that wold justify knowing that you've ran over a child, that you devastated a community," Fort said. "Somebody saved 5 minutes to get where ever they needed to go? They took a life from me."
If there is any comfort for Moses's family, it's knowing that the young boy - who loved to sing, write song, and wrestle - will be able to help give life to others who need it. On Saturday, the family decided to donate his organs.
"He was a loving, just a loving happy wonderful beautiful boy," Fort said. "And this is what we did for him because this is what he would want."
"People who get his organs will have a part of Moses and will know that part of them will be very sweet and kind just like Moses," Moses's sister Vanessa Galang said.
Police said the van involved in the hit-and-run had a raised roof cap. There's no description of the driver. Moses's family wants the driver to come forward and do the right thing.
"I don't see how an adult can do this to a child and not take responsibility," Fort said.
"Help me find him, " Vanessa pleaded. "I know finding him won't bring my brother Moses back. But, I know if we will find him, it'll help Moses get justice because that's what he deserves."
By Suzanne Phan, firstname.lastname@example.org