Valley Central | Rafael CarranzaThe shades hide the tears and pain 21-year-old Juan Javier Vasquez has endured since Saturday night.
His father, Juan Manuel Vasquez was killed on his way back home.
"My dad's been riding motorcycles his whole life and we never thought that he would have an accident, especially not like this," he said.
According to the Department of Public Safety, 62-year-old Vasquez was riding his motorcycle westbound when he missed a curve on San Felippo Road in Santa Rosa.
He lost control of the bike and crashed into a light pole.
Vasquez passed away hours later in the hospital.
"He's my hero and I'm really going to miss him,” his son Juan said, holding back tears. “I'll never forget him, that’s for sure."
Juan showed up at the scene of the crash hours after his father’s death.
He was hoping to find an item of great value to him.
"He wore this ugly white UIL cap,” he said. “It was dirty. I didn’t like it, I bought him several other caps but he never wore them.”
“He just wore that cap and I was hoping to see if I could find it here," he added.
Juan admitted his father never wore helmets.
Now that he is gone, his family is hoping to save several lives.
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