A creative, compassionate Buddhist, Young was an expert in chronic pain and formed a nonprofit for veterans with traumatic brain injuries.
Friends, neighbors and safe street advocates gathered to commemorate the Marine veteran who lost both legs in Vietnam and his life in downtown Berkeley.
The person has not yet been identified by the Alameda County coroner’s office.
It was the highest number of traffic deaths the city has seen since at least 1984, the Berkeley Police Department found.
“If they don’t revise their practice of texting drivers while driving with unmounted cellphones,” said Mark Webb, “there will be more accidents.”
Authorities have identified the man who died Nov. 17 as Angel Barrera of Richmond. He was killed by a hit-and-run driver.
The man’s death first appeared to have been due to a medical emergency. On Wednesday, police asked for help to find the driver who hit him.
The vehicle was a “lowered, dark-color, mid 90’s sedan, with tinted windows (possibly a Nissan Altima),” police said.
“It hasn’t hit me yet,” his daughter told Berkeleyside this week. “I just don’t know what I’m going to do without him.”
The family’s attorney has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against DoorDash and the driver. The attorney also plans to sue the city, alleging inadequate lighting and signage.
A pedestrian suffered major injuries after being hit by a driver in a van on San Pablo Avenue on Thursday afternoon, police report.
A fundraiser has been launched to help with Latitia Austin Ahmad’s funeral costs.