A California man died after being hit by an alleged drunk driver, soon after leaving an AA meeting.
Ray Galindo, 58, died on April 23 while stood outside after the meeting in Modesto, California.
Braxton Howze, 22, has been charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence.
A California man was hit and killed by an alleged drunk driver as he stood outside on the street after attending an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.
Ray Galindo, 58, from the city of Modesto in California's central valley, died on April 23 after being hit by a car driven by 22-year-old Braxton Howze.
According to a report from CBS 13 Sacramento, Galindo was hit while standing next to his car, having minutes earlier left an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at the Living Sober Fellowship.
Fox News reports that Galindo was sat on the tailgate of his vehicle having a conversation with a new AA member. Galindo attended the meeting on April 23 to support that new member, local news site The Modesto Bee reports.
According to local police cited by The Modesto Bee, Howze was intoxicated at the time.
"He was found to be under the influence," Modesto Police Department spokeswoman Sharon Bear said.
The Modesto Bee reports that Howze walked away from the scene but was apprehended nearby soon afterward.
Howze is being held on a $1 million bail and has been charged with vehicular manslaughter, hit and run resulting in death, and driving under the influence.
Tributes have poured in for Galindo, who local people say was always kind and willing to help others.
"It's like my heart sank in my chest," a Modesto Alcoholics Anonymous member named Mark G told local TV station CBS 13.
"Ray was a standup guy. He was a very helpful person. He always wanted to lend a hand."
Dee Gisler, a friend of Galindo's, told the Modesto Bee that he always shared what he had with others in the community.
"Ray didn't have much, but what he had, he gave freely and was blessed to do so," she said. "Every time you asked him how he was doing, it was always the same, 'I am blessed.'"
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