PALMDALE— Family and friends gathered at an east Palmdale crash site Saturday afternoon to remember the man hit by a vehicle and left bleeding and unconscious in the street nearly a week ago.
Terence “Terry” Redack clung to life for a few days before passing away on Jan. 22, family members said.
“Terry was so smart, funny and quite the character. He had so many friends, so many that love and miss him,” said his mother Debra Redack. “Terry was an inspiration to many and continues to be. He loved and cared for so many. We love and miss Terry.”
Terence was a very outgoing, funny, goofy kind of guy who loved being fit and healthy, said his sister Samantha.
On the evening of Sunday, Jan. 19, Terence was out exercising less than a mile away from home, Samantha said.
The 29-year-old was crossing mid-block on East Avenue R, just east of 65th Street, when he was struck by a vehicle that fled the scene, according to sheriff’s detectives.
Another driver spotted Terence lying bleeding and unconscious in the roadway, and the passerby alerted authorities around 8:21 p.m., sheriff’s detectives said.
After receiving first aid at the scene, Terence was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. Family members held vigil at his bedside in the days that followed, but he was pronounced completely brain dead and then pulled off life support Wednesday, Jan. 22.
Terence once dreamed of becoming a Marine, but he had to be sent home from “boot camp” because he came down with pneumonia, his sister Samantha said. He had started school to become a registered nurse because he really wanted to help people, and he also enjoyed volunteering at the local hospital, Samantha said.
Terence never got the chance to become the nurse he envisioned, but he would have wanted to help others by donating his organs to patients in dire need, his sister said.
“In my book, he did reach and surpass his expectations more than he could ever possibly imagine,” Samantha stated.
As family members and friends struggle to cope with Terence’s death, they’re asking the public to help detectives find the hit and run driver.
“If anybody sees a car with any frontal damage, report it,” Samantha said. “Even a small dent, any type of front damage at all, report it.”
“The only thing that would bring me and my mom comfort right now is finding the person who did this,” Samantha said.
Anyone with information on this collision is urged to call the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station’s Traffic Detail at 661-272-2400. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637).
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