Family and friends gathered to remember a National City man less than a week after he died in a motorcycle crash.
Bryce Maldonado, 24, was seconds away from home Tuesday when he was struck by a car.
He was riding his motorcycle north on 47th Street when a car driving south turned onto Magnus Way, colliding into him.
At the corner where the crash happened, flowers, candles and notes were left behind for Maldonado. Loved ones say he left behind only good memories.
“I wish I could do anything to get him back,” says long-time friend Hernan Gamino. “Someone really close to you is gone forever.”
He and dozens of others were raising money for Maldonado’s family during this difficult time.
Sister-in-law Jennifer Maldonado says the family was in shock after hearing the news.
She says Maldonado had only recently started riding a motorcycle. “We still think that he's going to walk into the house with this big smile like he always did,” she said.
Friends and family remember him as a loving son, brother, uncle and friend. He was someone who always had a smile on his face.
“I really don’t have anything bad to say about my friend. He's one of the best people I've ever met in my life…just sucks it had to be him,” Gamino says.