Hit-and-run crash victim remembered, relatives say "He's always been a family man"

MILWAUKEE -- Family members remember the victim of a fatal hit-and-run crash as a hard-working, dedicated man. 36-year-old Hector Hernandez was killed after a suspect hit his car at the intersection of Becher and Muskego on Milwaukee's south side on Wednesday evening, November 1st.

Julian Maldonado, nephew of Hernandez

"Anyone who knew Hector knew how great of a person he was. It's just, it's going to be a while. It really is," said Julian Maldonado, a nephew of Hernandez.

Family members like Maldonado hugged Friday afternoon near the sight of the memorial.

"He's always been a family man, you needed him and he was there. No matter what, he would be there for you," Maldonado said.

Memorial at Becher & Muskego, Milwaukee

Surveillance video showed the suspect vehicle striking Hernandez's vehicle. Hernandez's vehicle then struck a pole and burst into flames. Neighbors ran and pulled him from the burning car.

"I wouldn't want to wish this on anyone. It's terrible. Obviously our family is dealing with it, but it's one of those things," Maldonado said.

Memorial at Becher & Muskego, Milwaukee

Crews already replaced the pole at the site of the fatal crash. Neighbors, some of whom pulled Hernandez from the burning car, have kept a close eye on the memorial.

"Seeing something like this, where the community can come together and help out, it really does mean a lot. It does," Maldonado said.

Memorial at Becher & Muskego, Milwaukee

Hernandez's family told FOX6 News Hernandez leaves behind a live-in girlfriend, a step-daughter and several family members.

Milwaukee Police said speed was the most significant factor. They tell FOX6 News they are searching for two suspects in this case; the driver and at least one occupant.