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Wife of Marine Killed in Hit-and-Run Calls For Justice

The man charged in connection with a hit-and-run crash that killed a Marine sergeant faced a judge and the family of the victim. NBC 7's Liberty Zabala reports. (Published Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014)

A grieving widow is calling for justice after losing her Marine sergeant husband in a hit-and-run crash in Oceanside.

Friends and family traveled to Murrieta early Sunday to hold a fundraiser in honor of 22-year-old Brandon Bizzarro.

Investigators say Bizzarro died when he was hit by a man driving a rented cargo van last Thursday.

If there's anything friends will remember most about Brandon Bizzarro, it would be his love of the Marine Corps and motorcycles.

“It would always be me and him riding on the bikes or whatever, enjoying it,” said Bizzarro’s best friend Shawn Segal. “Now, it's going to be a lot strange, I guess you can say that every time I go out now, I know he's not going to be riding out with me.”

Bizzarro was part of the Sinland Motorcycle Club. He was riding his bike to base when police say Ezequiel Garcia made an illegal U-turn in front of him.

“I didn't find out Brandon had died until 7 o'clock at night,” said Bizzarro’s wife Tamara Graham. “Brandon died at 16:39, which is 4:39, and my work is eight minutes away from the hospital. I was there, and no one told me. I could've been there before he died.”

Police say Garcia was driving a rented box truck on an expired license and fled the scene.

“I want justice,” Graham said. “I want him to be punished for what he did."

Just days after the crash, Bizzarrro's motorcycle club and Marine brothers decided to wash cars and bikes in his memory to help his wife and his parents back home in Pennsylvania.

“They knew what kind of person he was,” said Bizzarro’s father, Joe, over the phone. "It says a lot about the people that surrounded him. There's a lot of people who wouldn't do something like that. I guess to us, they're family."

The Sinland Motorcycle Club plans to hold memorial ride in Bizzarro's honor in October. A fundraising website has been set up to raise money for his family.