Friends and family of a man killed last week in a hit-and-run held a candlelight vigil for him Sunday night.
Mario Martinez, 25, of Modesto was involved in a dispute over loud music Wednesday at 3:20 p.m. on Reseda Lane in north Modesto.
Martinez, a bouncer at Sidelines Pub & Grill, was described as a "peacekeeper" and devoted family man.
Police arrested William Gibbs, 45, of Modesto on Wednesday on suspicion of felony hit-and-run. Martinez was declared brain-dead Friday, his family said. His organs were harvested early Sunday.
The district attorney will decide whether to change the charges against Gibbs after the case is reviewed, Modesto police Sgt. Derrick Tyler said.
Neighbor Julian Cardona, 55, came home at 3 p.m. Wednesday. He heard loud music blaring. A short time later, Cardona heard an engine revving, a thump on the hood, then brakes squealing.
Police said Gibbs drove up to complain about music coming from a truck parked on Reseda, then drove away. He returned when the music came on again.
Martinez ended up on Gibbs' hood, and Gibbs began to drive forward, police said. Gibbs either braked suddenly or turned, police said, and Martinez fell off.
Cardona said he heard Martinez hit the ground.
"It was like taking a melon and just dropping it," he said. "The back of his head was flat. He was gone in seconds."
Family members said a friend of Martinez's turned the music back on, and Martinez came outside to settle the dispute.
Martinez spent all his spare time with his children, Mario Elias, 6, and Isabelle, 3, said aunt Julia Lugo, 44.
"He's the kind of person who thinks he can talk to anybody," said his mother-in-law, Celestina Tamez of Modesto. "I always told him, sometimes you have to walk away."
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