Suspect sought in fatal hit and run crash in Crockett

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A search is underway tonight for the driver involved in a deadly hit and run collision last night in Crockett. 

A bicyclist was struck from behind and killed at around 7:20 Tuesday night on San Pablo Avenue, not far from the popular restaurant. 

Still in disbelief and saddened that he’ll never enjoy another conversation with his close 42-year-old friend Chris Bunag. 

“I loved the guy. He was a very carefree, happy person,” said friend Andy Manuel. 

Manuel says he knew Bunag for five years. 

Both are members of the Hercules Cycling Club in Hercules, where Bunag also lived. 

The California Highway Patrol says Chris was hit from behind Tuesday night, riding down San Pablo Avenue in Crockett headed towards Rodeo, less than a half mile away from the restaurant “The Dead Fish,” and that the driver did not stop. 

“He’s a great bike handler, I’ve never known him to crash, and for a person to, whoever it was, turn yourself in. I mean, that’s the right thing to do,” Manuel said. 

Officer Brandon Correia says the collision happened on a road shared by cyclists and motorists, and that Bunag was wearing a helmet and other protective equipment when the car slammed into him. 

“Obviously, a large vehicle, you don’t stand a chance, even with that protective equipment,” said Correia.

Officer Correia says the car involved is possibly an older blue compact pickup truck with significant front-end damage. 

“If that’s you, do the right thing. If you know this person, do the right thing — call CHP,” said Correia.

Officer Correia says Chris Bunag passed away at the scene. 

“He cared about himself and everybody else and he just, he was a very loving guy. Miss him,” Manuel said. 

Since the victim in this collision died, CHP says the driver could face felony charges.  

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