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Teen Marine killed in Midway hit-and-run crash

Friends of the former Marine talk to 10News
Posted at 4:08 PM, Jan 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-08 18:20:10-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Friends of the Marine hit and killed in the Midway area said Monday the driver who struck him and left is a coward.

Victor Molinar, 18, of Chicago had just graduated from boot camp and was stationed at Camp Pendleton about to start combat training.

Ricardo Camacho met him in basic training and got the terrible news over the weekend.

“He was a good kid, always say making people laugh. He had a good head on his shoulders. From the start when I met him, I knew he’d be a good Marine," said Camacho.

Molinar was out with his friends Saturday night visiting the local night spots on Midway Drive and somehow got separated from his friends. They went to look for him and found his body in the road.

Police say the driver who hit Molinar fled the scene. No suspect has been identified.

“He was willing to give up his life defending his country and do all the right things and for him to do that and not even stopping to see who it was? It just sucks," Camacho said.

Camacho told 10News the Marines have a buddy system and doesn’t know why Molinar was by himself. Police are looking for the suspect, but have little to go on right now.

Camacho, who is having a hard time coping with his loss, told 10News he knows one thing about the suspect. “He’s a coward. Bottom line. Karma plays a big part in things, and he’ll get his. If he ran then he won’t come forward they’ll just have to find him. If he didn't do it then. He won’t come forward. Just like cowards do, they run.”

Molinar's sister said she is devastated by the loss of her brother. He also leaves behind a girlfriend in Chicago.