Family Demands Answers in Santee Man's Death - NBC 7 San Diego

Family Demands Answers in Santee Man's Death



    Friends and family gathered in Santee Wednesday to remember a man killed when he was struck by a cement truck.

    The victim's brother, Chris Eastman, said he wants answers about the fatal collision at the intersection of Mission Gorge Rd and Cottonwood on Friday.

    Surveillance video provided to NBC 7 by friends shows 24-year-old Stevie Eastman in his last moments as he crossed the intersection. 

    A turning cement truck strikes Stevie and runs over his body. 

    Stevie’s best friend said the video brought up more questions than answers.

    “I was hoping it was just an accident but after seeing the video it's really hard to think it's an accident,” said Tim Zehm.

    Stevie’s brother agrees. He’s working with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department to try and look into exactly what happened moments before his brother’s death.

    “I want answers now,” said Chris Eastman.

    Friends and family believe Stevie had the right of way and the driver should be held accountable.

    “Is this going to happen to someone else's little brother before they get my case together?” Chris Eastman said.

    According to the county’s medical examiner, deputies are investigating the death as an accident.

    An accident that on Wednesday night brought people together with candles, balloons and flowers at a memorial dedicated to Stevie’s memory.

    “Seeing all these people here, you can't help but feel joy, seeing as how he brought a community together,” said Zehm