SAN FRANCISCO (KTVU) - A San Francisco State student was killed over the weekend in a hit and run crash in Southern California. 21-year-old Angelina Pinedo was supposed to be back at school from winter break on Monday. Pinedo was a third-year student majoring in sociology. Her family said she had a passion to help others and was thinking about being a social worker.
“Our family has suffered a tremendous loss,” said Pinedo’s Sister Martha Torres. “Our lives are forever changed.”
Pinedo’s family said described as vibrant and full of life who had a beautiful soul. She was the youngest of six siblings. Pinedo was at her family home in Rosemead in Los Angeles County for winter break. She was set to return to San Francisco hours after her life was cut short.
“Her life was tragically taken in a way that Angelina did not deserve,” said Torres.
On Saturday night, around 9 p.m. Pinedo left a dinner for a family friend. She was a few blocks away from her sister's apartment in Redondo Beach when at the intersection of Aviation Boulevard and Grant Avenue, she was struck by a car. Pinedo was walking in the crosswalk. Her sister Michelle, a SFSU alum, was a few steps ahead.
“My older sister rushed to Angelina's side and administered CPR along with Good Samaritans who rushed to her aid,” said Torres.
Pinedo was unresponsive and died at the scene. The driver who hit her took off.
“We’ve interviewed several witnesses and are examining surveillance video,” said Sgt Justin Korte of Redondo Beach Police.
Witnesses shared a description of the suspect's car as a black Audi Q5 SUV with front end damage and a partial license plate 7 MB. There’s damage to the front windshield and hood.
“We know that her family in San Francisco, her roommates, her boyfriend weren't able to say goodbye just like her family wasn't able to and it's just not fair,” said Torres.
“She was the sweetest person I ever met,” said Pinedo’s boyfriend Zach Schenker.
Schenker is also a student at San Francisco State and lived with her in Daly City. He said Pinedo worked as a nanny and a clerk at City Kebab. He was hoping to build a future with her.
“I have thoughts she's going to walk in the door and this is all just a dream,” said Schenker.
“We’ve asked anyone and everyone who was in the area, if they have any information to bring Angelina and the family the justice she deserves,” said Torres. “Please contact the Redondo Beach Police Department.”
Her family said Pinedo will be buried in San Gabriel Valley. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family with funeral expenses.
Pinedo’s family and roommates will be working with San Francisco State to try and plan a vigil this week.