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Friday, January 6, 2012

Eddy Mendez Identified as Pedestrian Killed on Christmas Eve

Posted By on Fri, Jan 6, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Help them find Eddy Mendez's family
  • Help them find Eddy Mendez's family

Sadly, San Francisco investigators have not been able to track down any family of Eddy Mendez, the 59-year-old man who was killed in a hit-and-run accident on Christmas Eve.

"Normally we don't release [the name], but it has been so long, and we have done a lot of work trying to find his family, but unfortunately we have nothing," said Mark Powning, an investigator with the San Francisco Medical Examiner's Office.

As a result, investigators are hoping that someone who knows Mendez might read this and help them find his family.

Mendez was walking near the freeway at Cesar Chavez and Potrero when he was hit by a driver who sped off, leaving him there to die. Mendez's body was found on the island underneath Highway 101 at about 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 24.

Police later arrested 23-year-old Juan Martinez who reportedly admitted to having consumed more than a case of beer before driving the car that allegedly hit Mendez.

He is in custody on $1 million bail.

Mendez is 5-foot-7-inches tall and 172 pounds. He has a gray beard and gray hair. He was carrying a blue backpack at the time of his death and investigators say he could be a transient.

Anyone with information should contact the Medical Examiner at (415)553-1697

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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