Family mourns man fatally struck by hit-and-run driver in San Jose

Family mourns man fatally struck by hit-and-run driver in San Jose

(KRON) — A family is mourning a 26-year-old man, Vincent Thach, who was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in San Jose. Thach was running in the area of Quimby Road and South White Road around 6:43 a.m. on January 11 when a car crashed into him, police said. The driver immediately fled from the scene.

Thach was take to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries 16 days later, on January 27. The San Jose Police Department said it is still searching for the unidentified driver. The deadly incident was the third pedestrian death in San Jose this year.

The victim’s cousin, Kathleen Lam, said Thach’s parents and extended family are all devastated.

Vincent Thach
Vincent Thach (Image via GoFundMe)

“Let’s remember to be patient and empathetic with each other. In honor of Vincent’s life, let’s remember to slow down, take a deep breath, take in your surroundings a little deeper, and love a little harder. Life is short, let’s remember to appreciate it and always choose kindness, the same way that Vincent did,” Lam wrote on a GoFundMe page.

Thach is remembered as an unapologetically unique, intelligent, and imaginative person. “With a child-like curiosity … he loved games, anime, and exploring new hobbies such as skiing, hiking, archery, dance, and dragon boat. He radiated an unparalleled kindness, patience, and positivity that was contagious. For lack of better terms, he was a truly genuine person,” Lam wrote.

The past two weeks have been filled with grief for his family, Lam said. The GoFundMe page is raising donations for hospital bills and funeral expenses.

Anyone with information on the hit-and-run traffic incident is urged to contact Detective Dellicarpini of the San Jose Police Department’s Traffic Investigations Unit by emailing 4103@sanjoseca.gov or calling 408-277-4654.

For the latest news, weather, sports, and streaming video, head to KRON4.