A father of three, Lorenzo Rodriguez was killed by a hit-and-run driver moments after he prepared the family's traditional Thanksgiving meal. Tony Shin reports from Bloomington for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Nov. 26, 2013.
A grieving family is asking for the public's help to find the driver who struck and killed a father of three moments after he prepared Thanksgiving dinner at their home in San Bernardino County.
Lorenzo Rodriguez, 42, was outside his home on Locust Avenue in Bloomington on Sunday when a dark pickup truck swerved onto the curb and struck him, police said.
According to the family, Rodriguez was taking out the trash from the traditional tamales the family prepares for Thanksgiving.
The victim's son, Arturo, said he found him on the ground 30 yards away from the home.
Family members said they didn't see the pickup truck that killed Rodriguez because the driver never stopped.
The victim's oldest daughter said she heard the moment when her father was killed.
"When I heard it, I thought it was a tire popping or something because he was holding a pot," Breeza Rodriguez said.
Investigators said the driver was heading south at the time of the collision.
The pickup truck was described as dark-colored and appeared to be lifted. Investigators said the truck should have damage on its right-front end.
Donations for the Rodriguez family can be made at Chase Bank to account No. 182370306.
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