Hit-and-run victim's family seeks closure

January 24, 2009 7:15:35 PM PST
Two months after a hit-and-run accident that killed a bicyclist from Contra Costa County loved ones are still searching for the driver who is responsible.

Saturday they hit the streets hoping to find someone with answers.

"There's somebody in the community of Martinez or Crockett that does know who hit and killed Mark," says the victim's wife Denise Pendleton.

Pendleton is still grieving and on a quest for justice. She, along with family and friends, are passing out flyers with a new $25,000 reward. They hope it can help them find the driver who took off after hitting and killing her husband Mark Pendleton.

Back in November, the 49-year old avid cyclist was struck head-on while riding on McEwen Road near Highway 4 in Contra Costa County.

He was just minutes away from his Martinez home.

"I was keeping my ears open for that garage door to close to know he was home safe and sound, and that fire truck went by. And, when it went by I felt alarmed," Denise recalled.

One of his two sons, Paul, says his dad always encouraged them to cycle cautiously.

"He would never intentionally go for a ride at night. We actually had talks about that because one time I'd been on a ride and it got dark I was still out,so he kind of scolded me about that," he recalled.

But on that ride home it had just turned dark. And, for whatever reason, the driver never saw Pendleton. CHP investigators believe the vehicle that hit him was possibly a dark-colored Chevy Silverado or a similar model truck or SUV. It crossed over the double-yellow line and hit Pendleton head-on.

Paul says they will pass out about 1000 flyers.

Even though CHP investigators are still following up on leads, family and friends decided to blanket Port Costa, Crockett and Martinez, in the hopes someone will come forward with enough information to bring some peace and closure.

"I at least want to know who it was that's responsible for killing my father," says Paul.

Anyone who thinks they may have information on this case is asked to call the CHP at 1-925-646-4980 or 1-800-TELL-CHP.