NEWMAN — In Cruz Fernandez’s home in Newman, among the comics and movie posters, are important keepsakes buried in his bookshelf.
The trinkets remind Fernandez of his mother’s brother.
Michael Frezquez was known around town as smiling, laughing and joyful Uncle Mike.
“That’s what I’ll probably miss the most is… he was just a cool guy, he was just the cool guy that was always around,” said Fernandez, Frezquez’s nephew.
The Newman Police Department told FOX40 the 65-year-old was riding his bike eastbound on Sherman Parkway around 6 p.m. on Saturday. A driver, a 17-year-old girl, was heading westbound when the two collided.
“… And then next thing you know, he was just gone,” Fernandez said.
Fernandez said he and his family are coping with the news as best as they can. Because of the teen driver’s age, the Newman Police Department will not release her identity.
Fernandez does tell us, though, that his family does know the driver.
“I feel bad for her because, I mean, she’s 17-year-old girl. She is dealing with something no 17-year-old should have to deal with,” Fernandez said.
While the tragedy has shaken up the family, Fernandez holds onto what he can… the memories and the lessons his Uncle shared.
“Just because he was happy with what he had, where he was at, and what he was doing,” Fernandez said.
The Newman Police Department said the accident is still under investigation. They said drugs and alcohol are not considered factors at this time.