In a quiet, very private service, friends and loved ones gathered Friday to say goodbye to Carlos Salas, 20, who died on Sept. 7, from an alleged hit and run in Laguna Niguel.
Salas was killed near Marina Hills and Golden Lantern. Authorities report the alleged driver was in a 1998 black Nissan Maxima and may have possibly hit and dragged Salas around 3:48 a.m.
According to friend, Maddie Coyne, the service for Salas was held at St. Timothy’s in Laguna Niguel for only close friends and family.
"It was an open casket, very sad," she said. "Only one person spoke, and I know Carlos through another friend, Dimitri, who passed away in 2011. We all used to hang together, Carlos was like a big brother to me."
Coyne added: "his body was so lifeless it wasn’t the Carlos that I knew ... I was just waiting for him to open his eyes, I felt like I was in a nightmare ... Also the priest was great."
Since his death, around $9,000 has been raised to help the family, Coyne confirmed. A good portion waswas collected by friends who held vigil near the crash site.
The family also left a donation box at neighborhood restaurant Chaparosa Grill, according to the owner Chef Tony Corke.
"We are just a small business that wanted to help a local family in need," he said. "We had originally thought the box would be there longer but the family (his brother) came late Thursday night and asked for the money as the funeral was Friday."
Late Friday, Gail Krause, spokesperson for Orange County Sheriff's Department, said police are still searching for the driver of the car found about one quarter of a mile from the scene.
Salas later died of injuries at a local hospital, according to authorities. There was a skateboard found near the scene.