Candlelight vigil held for hit-and-run victim: Jacob Greenwald struck, killed while walking home

SPRING VALLEY, Calif. - Dozens of family members and friends gathered at a candlelight vigil Monday night to remember a young man who California Highway Patrol officers say was killed by a hit-and-run driver.

Jacob Greenwald, 20, was killed along a stretch of Campo Road in Casa de Oro while walking home from work early Sunday morning.

His family and friends lit candles and consoled one another at the site where he was struck by an SUV. Dozens came to give strength to Jacob's father as he heard stories about his son from friends.

"You don't ever want to be the one to bury your own kid," said family friend Deanna Rodgers. "That's not the way the cycle works."

Friend and coworker Brenda Garcia told 10News, "Every time he would come to work, everybody would be like 'Jacob!' … Like all happy. His presence brought joy to everybody."

The CHP says Greenwald was struck and killed by 33-year-old Jason Palmer, who was arrested in Serra Mesa on Sunday morning. 10News uncovered court documents which show Palmer has a criminal record with multiple felonies.

Palmer will face a judge on Wednesday. He is being held on $1 million bail.

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