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Bloomington hit-and-run: Victim's family raising funds for burial

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Ricardo Valdez, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Bloomington on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, is seen in an undated photo provided by his family.

Ricardo Valdez, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Bloomington on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, is seen in an undated photo provided by his family. (KABC Photo)

The family of a Riverside tow truck operator who was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Bloomington is trying to raise money for his burial costs.

Ricardo Valdez, 39, was trying to load a car on his tow truck near the 10200 block of Cedar Avenue just before 2 a.m. Tuesday when another driver hit him and took off.

Valdez was taken to an area hospital where he died from his injuries. Maria Ochoa, 30, of Riverside, was later arrested. She faces charges of felony hit-and-run, vehicular manslaughter and DUI.

Valdez's family will hold a car wash fundraiser this Saturday in Riverside on 14th Street, between Park and Victoria avenues. The event starts at 8 a.m.

If you would like to donate to the victim's family, a memorial fund has been set up at Bank of America:

Ricardo Valdez Memorial Fund
Account No. 325030870338

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