The family of a 75-year-old Stockton man says goodbye with a candle light vigil Sunday night.
Curtis Pringle was hit by a car and killed Saturday morning while riding in his wheelchair, near Del Norte Avenue and Washington Street.
“Whoever did this, I don’t care if they hang him, and I love God. But it was wrong, wrong,” said an emotional Doris Pringle, Curtis Pringle’s sister.
Pringle’s family remembers him as a loving man, someone who had an air of gentle toughness about him, as a former marine who loved to smile.
“My father was a good man. From what everybody speaks about my dad, he cared and loved everybody,” said his son Terry.
Early Saturday morning the driver of a black Toyota Tacoma, according to police, hit Pringle while he rode his wheelchair down Washington Street, as he often did.
Witnesses say the driver initially stopped, then fled as police arrived.
One witness, Anna Lopez, said she saw the man who drove the Tacoma truck wave a Stockton Port Police Officer down. Lopez says the man then took off in his truck after the officer called for additional units.
The events unfolded directly in front of Lopez’s house.
“I saw the wheelchair right there in the middle is the street, and then the body in the back of my tire, it was just hard,” said Lopez, fighting tears.
For the Pringle family being together at the scene served as a painful reminder of all they’ve lost, but say their faith in God is helping them get through this moment.
“We believe in the Lord. Whoever did this is forgiven. But we would like justice,” said Monique Thomas, Pringle’s niece.
“If you know God, you will do the right thing, make it easier on yourself and turn yourself in,” said son Terry Pringle.
Anyone with information about the hit-and-run accident is encouraged to call the CHP at (209) 684-1775.