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Friends Mourn Auto Technician Killed In Crash Near Workplace

A sidewalk vigil is growing on Mile Of Cars Way in National City where 21-year-old motorcyclist Andrew Balderas was killed in an accident Thursday morning.

Balderas was identified Friday afternoon and NBC 7 quickly learned the site of the deadly crash is just a block away from his workplace.

The San Ysidro man died at around 7 a.m. when he broadsided a van turning left off of Mile of Cars near National City Boulevard.

National City police said when they arrived, Balderas was bleeding from his head. Hours later, NCPD confirmed he had died from his injuries.

The van could be seen with a large dent in the passenger-side door while the crumpled motorcycle laid on the ground. 

Further down the street stands Mossy Nissan dealership, the place Balderas worked alongside his twin brother Anthony and his uncle Raul.

Balderas' friend Victor Aguilar, and some of Balderas' co-workers said the twins were almost inseparable and even owned the same bike in different colors.

"Great kids," Aguilar said describing the brothers. "I mean, they were twins, they were twins. They eat together, they ride together, everything."

Aguilar said Balderas was a lube technician at the dealership.

Friends of the twins say they are now working on gathering money to support this family in their time of need.

The Medical Examiner report states Balderas was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

The driver of the van stopped at the scene of the crash and is not being charged.

Investigators do not believe drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash. 

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