Los Banos PD searches for hit-and-run suspect

March 19, 2013 12:14:37 AM PDT
Los Banos police are looking for the driver who ran over a teenager and killed him before leaving the scene.

The hit-and-run happened on the intersection of Fairmont Drive and Cardinal Street just before 8 p.m. on Saturday. A thin black ribbon on the door is just a small sign of all the grief inside the family's home.

Fernando Buenrostro, Sr., father of the victim said, "Every day is harder because it's that much more time I don't have with him."

Fernando Buenrrostro can't believe his home videos of his shy teenage son, Fernando Jr. are the only ways he'll ever be able to see him again.

The 18-year-old was a great student with a strong faith who was also enrolled in the National Guard.

"He really liked doing it and I think he always wanted to serve his country," his father said.

Los Banos police say a driver ran over him while the teenager was on a motorized scooter. Fernando suffered major head injuries and died at a hospital. The driver escaped the scene. Police are now looking for any witnesses who saw a light colored, possibility white Chevrolet or Ford style truck leave the area.

Cmdr. Ray Reyna of the Los Banos Police said, "It's very sad that this would happen in our town but I am hoping someone will come forward and provide information."

The memorial for Fernando Buenrostro has continued to grow throughout the day and today his school community paused to remember and honor his life.

Counselors were on hand throughout the day at Los Banos High School where Fernando graduated from last year. Fernando's dad is asking the person responsible to own up.

"You took my most precious gift, my very first gift that god gave me and you took it away from me. I just hope and pray that god gives you the strength to come forward."

The family says they are relying on their strong faith to cope with their loss.

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