SAN DIEGO - Friends and family members gathered in Pacific Beach Saturday to say their final goodbyes to a young man who officers say was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver.
They called Saturday's memorial service a celebration of life for Jacob Greenwald.
Greenwald, 20, was walking home from work last Sunday morning in Casa de Oro, when officers say 33-year-old Jason Palmer, who was behind the wheel of an SUV, struck and killed him. According to prosecutors, Palmer had drugs and alcohol in his system at the time.
Palmer was arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter. He faces 20 years in prison if convicted.
It is what would bring on a stunning confession during the service from one of Greenwald's friends of her own drunken driving past.
"I apologize for being one of those people out there," she said. "I am grateful I didn't hit anybody or anything … and I have given my word to other people that I'm never going to be doing that again."
"He was the funniest guy I think you could ever meet," said family friend Deanna Rodgers.
Between tears and hugs, the focus was on remembering Greenwald, including his big smile, his loyal friendship and how many people he touched.
"He's impacting even the gentleman that did this to him," said Rodgers. "His presence was more bigger than life itself. It was incredible."