They say Justin Vega was riding his black beach cruiser bike on Elder Creek Road near Power Inn Road to his midnight shift at a FedEx in far southeast Sacramento. As he traveled along the north edge of the road a car driving in the same direction hit him.
"It was around 6:30 I started to worry because he's usually home by that time," said Antoinette Aguirre, Vega's sister. "I called his work, they said that he never clocked in and the person that I talked to said you know not to scare you but we heard that somebody got hit on their bike."
The Sacramento Police Department says the driver took off and left Vega for dead. They did not find him until several hours after the crash, which they believe happened between 11 p.m. Thursday and 12:30 a.m.
Police are still trying to figure out who was driving the car when it happened.
"It's the most hurtful thing in the world," Aguirre said. "I would never hope that on anybody, knowing that somebody was able to hit my brother and just keep going and not care. It's devastating to me, my whole family and all of his friends."
If you have any information about the incident, you are encouraged to contact the Sacramento Police Department's hit-and-run tip line at (916) 808-6030, their dispatch center at (916) 264-5471, or the Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at (916) 443-HELP (4357).
Vega's family has set up a GoFundMe page for his memorial.