Family and friends of Livingston teen killed in hit and run offering reward to help catch suspect

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The community helped the family raise $1,000 for anyone who has information about the crash. (KFSN)

The family of a Livingston teen killed in a hit and run accident is now offering a reward to help catch the suspect. The community helped the family raise $1,000 for anyone who has information about the crash.

Fifty-nine for Hilario Martinez isn't just a number on a jersey. It's a fraction of his son, Raymond, who was made whole by football and family.

"I got to be on the sidelines to be with him. It was a great part of my life," said Martinez.

But game day at Livingston High School will never be the same after the 16-year-old's sudden death. Family members said Raymond was biking along the roadway when he was struck while trying avoid a pothole that's since been filled in. Now a cross marks the spot where his body ended up.

The CHP said the suspect left the scene and if they're caught they face at least a felony hit and run charge.

Rodrigo Espinoza is the mayor of Livingston. He said the city gave investigators surveillance video that might help. It hits close to home-- he lives next door to the Martinez family.

"Even my son-- he was going to go out with them but he wasn't able to that day-- Yea," said Espinoza.

His son did make it to the scene-- but as mourning friend.

Raymond's friends on the football team are mourning the loss too and will remember him this coming season.

"They told me they were going to retire his number," said Martinez.
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