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Mother of hit-and-run victim: 'I want my son back'

Raymond Romero's family is picking up the pieces in the wake of his death

VISALIA, Calif. - The mother and siblings of Raymond Romero Jr. speak out hours after the arrest of Angel Castillo. Hanford Police say Castillo is the driver involved in the hit-and-run crash on Christmas night that killed Romero as he drove his family home.

"I know they say everything happens for a reason but I don't want to be a mother of four. I had five children and I want my son back," said Diana Nevarez, mother of Raymond Romero.

That wish won't come true for Nevarez. Instead, she visited 11th and Hume in Hanford where a horrific hit and run crash killed 32-year-old Raymond Romero on Christmas.

"I told him that I love him and I wish I could take time back that we missed together," said Lisa Romero.

Words Lisa Romero says she whispered at her brother's vigil, remembering the man known as a hard worker and loving father. Raymond Romero's longtime girlfriend says she now realizes it wasn't her consciousness that woke her up from the collision. It was Romero who she heard through the chaos.

"You know stay strong, get up and I thought it was, I felt it was him. It was him telling me to wake up," said Miranda Garza.

Garza survived and gave birth to her baby girl that night. Romero's two sons and little cousin also came out alive. Police say 19-year-old Angel Castillo ran a red light before slamming an SUV into Romero's car. A reckless mistake impacting this family forever.

"Everyday I have to wake up and realize that my brother is gone now," said Jessica Nevarez.

Romero's younger siblings say they're stepping up to the plate like he often did.

"Him wanting to be able to protect and carry everyone and I've been doing it for a few days and I can tell you it's already hard," said Matthew Romero.

Police say Abraham Chavez ran away from the crash with Castillo and is still free. Garza says she carries no hate for these two men.

"I do want them to know and I hope they understand that they did kill my husband and they did take him away from three beautiful kids that are gonna miss him so much," said Garza.

Castillo is charged with four felonies and a misdemeanor including involuntary manslaughter and gross vehicular manslaughter. His bail is set at $560,000.

If you would like to donate to Romero's family, here is the GoFundMe link: www.gofundme.com/nayduc-aunt


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