Pasco hit-and-run victim remembered as dedicated dad

Pasco hit-and-run victim remembered as dedicated dad
Martin Perez Garcia (GoFundMe)

A Pasco man who was killed in a hit-and-run early Sunday morning was a father and an aspiring musician, according to his loved ones.

Martin Perez Garcia, 27, was walking home along State Route 395 when he was hit by a vehicle near Argent Road.

His girlfriend Sierrah Nageotte said they were celebrating her 21st birthday together earlier that night and they had some drinks. She said they were at her parents’ house on Road 44 when Garcia decided to walk home.

“I kept looking for him all through the night. And then my father called me letting me know that someone was found,” Nageotte said. “I was devastated. Not only for myself but for his children because they’re very young and they need their father.”

The Washington State Patrol says he was likely hit by a Chevy Blazer between 1:10 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. The model is believed to be between 1998 and 2003. It would have damage on the marker and running light of the vehicle.

No suspects have been identified so far.

Nageotte and Garcia were raising five children together -a 3-year-old, two 4-year-olds, an 8-year-old and a 7-month-old baby. Four were fathered by Garcia, one belonging to the couple.

“He always put his children first before anything,” Nageotte said. “He mostly stayed home. He didn’t really hang out that much. He just wanted to be with his kids all the time.”

Garcia worked as a landscaper, but his passion was music.

Garcia liked to write rap songs with his friends and post them on YouTube, according to his sister Rebecca Pimienta.

“His ultimate goal was to become a rapper and show his children that hard work does pay off and anything is possible,” said Pimienta.

His sister said he was a great father and a loving brother who was willing to help everyone around him without hesitation.

She has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for Garcia’s funeral costs. Nageotte says she has also put donation boxes at businesses all over the Tri-Cities.

The boxes can be found at Dutch Bros on Burden Boulevard, McDonald’s on Court, Starbucks on Road 68, the Exxon gas station off Road 68, The Coffee Crush on Spaulding Avenue in Richland and more.

WSP troopers are asking anyone with information to call 509-572-5161 or leave an anonymous tip at 509-249-6700.

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