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Hit-and-run victim remembered

Merry Thomas, Sun News Service

INCLINE VILLAGE – North Shore neighbors are gathering to help the two families involved after a fatal hit-and-run accident Sunday, July 1.

Francisco Sanchez, 28, was riding his bicycle home along Highway 28 when he was hit from behind and killed. He is survived by his wife Maricela, daughter Lizette, 2, and step-son Caesar, 7.

“He was a real family person,” said Josie Garcia, executive director at La Comunidad Unida in Kings Beach. “He couldn’t wait until Lizette was old enough so he could teach her how to ski.”

According to Garcia, Sanchez loved skiing, biking, snowboarding – any sport.

The family went to Mexico, where services and funeral arrangements will be made, said Garcia.

On Sunday, July 8, Ron di Caprio, a member of the Incline Village Community Presbyterian Church, led an evening prayer service at the church.

The church’s minister, Dick Randall, is the father of Erik Randall, the 24-year-old who is being held in the Washoe County Jail, charged with felony DUI, causing death and felony hit and run.

A hearing is scheduled for late August in the Sparks Justice Court, according to Roger Wholmes, district attorney.

People of all denominations were welcomed at the service, said Barbara deWitt, another church member.

“About 150 people were there,” she said, adding that the church was almost full.

“These families are hurting. It was a very moving service,” she said.

Monday morning di Caprio set up a bank account at the Incline branch of U.S. Bank to help the young family. The account is set up in the family’s name, or people may refer to the account number 153750621663.

Other folks in town who felt moved to help are Ellen and George Toto, members of the church and owners of the Wildflower Cafe. They have a donation can available and have displayed a picture of the family.

Ellen Toto said she heard Sanchez’s wife left for Mexico, but his body is still here awaiting the $10,000 needed to transport it to Mexico. Two Wildflower employees were friends of his, she added, and one of them will be accompanying the body to Mexico once the money is raised.

Francisco’s sister Olga brought in the donations box, and said she bears the Randall family no ill will.

Lynn McGinty, owner of The Potlatch in Raley’s Center, also will be providing a donations container and will be donating 10 percent of her income last Sunday to the Sanchez family fund. T’s Rotisserie added a contribution box for the family on Tuesday.

Sanchez will be missed at the Incline Village sushi restaurant where he worked as well as by clients of his landscape business.


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