Family of Richard Vejar, 8-year-old struck, killed while riding his bike, says boy's memory lives on

PHOENIX - Family members gathered at a home in South Phoenix Thursday night to comfort a grieving mother whose 8-year-old son was hit and killed by a car the night before.

Richard Vejar, 8, was riding his bike near 26th Drive and Roeser when, police say, he failed to stop at a red light and was struck by on oncoming vehicle. He was transported to Phoenix Children's Hospital where he later died.

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"Nobody should have to bury their child, especially at such a young age," said Veronica Doulgas, Richard's cousin.

"When we light candles and say prayers, it helps him to find home and let him know that it's OK," she said.

"He was my best cousin," said Angelo, fighting back tears.

Family members said the boy was riding his bike to catch can ice cream truck for his younger brother and made  mistake. Instead of saying goodbye, family members are keeping his memory alive.

Police said the driver of the vehicle, a 37-year-old woman, was not impaired at the time of the crash.

The family will host a car was on Saturday at 7th Street and Baseline to help raise money for funeral expenses. They have also set up an account at Wells Fargo under the name "Richard Vejar."

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