SAN JOSE (KRON) — Keenan Rodriguez added a few more candles to a growing memorial for his late cousin, 24-year-old David Mandujano, who was killed on Sunday in what police suspect was a street race.
“I’m here to show my love, he was always there for me,” Rodriguez said.
Mandujano was a passenger in a Pontiac Trans-Am, driven by another cousin, who survived and is suspected of driving under the influence.
Rodriguez says they were racing with a Camaro southbound on Santa Teresa Boulevard when they crashed into a tree in the center divide.
“A lot of people like this because it’s a straight road and there aren’t a lot of people around,” he said.
John Garcia and other neighbors beg to differ.
“If someone is going 100 miles an hour there could be a deadly crash with a bicycle,” Garcia said.
“We hear constant revving of engines and tires screeching, lots of tire screeching,” said another neighbor Nathan Bowen.
Another neighbor claims to have seen the other driver stop after the crash and appeared to know the other two men only to drive off a few minutes later.
Police offered no new information about the case. It’s not clear if the other driver will face any consequences.
As he and others paid their respects, Rodriguez said his cousin David Mandujano had studied law enforcement and was hoping to land a job as police officer in Nevada.
“Things happen, you just gotta stay positive for that person and show how much you love them,” Rodriguez said.
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