BAKERSFIELD, CA - There is a major development in a deadly hit-and-run case. On Tuesday, the third anniversary of the death of former Kern High School District Police Chief, Steven Alvidrez, the Highway Patrol told 17 News, they have closed their investigation.
Officer Robert Rodriguez says the Grand Jury indicted 27-year-old David Lilly for murder, felony vehicular manslaughter, felony hit-and-run, felony DUI, and driving with a suspended license. But, Lilly's whereabouts are not known at this time.
The CHP says Lilly hit Alvidrez and his wife as they were riding a motorcycle June 17, 2011 on Highway 99. The CHP says Lilly did not stop. Alvidrez's wife, Ramona, survived the crash. Steven Alvidrez was killed.
There is currently a bench warrant for David Lilly's arrest. If you know where he is, call the CHP at 864-4444.
Meantime, the Kern High School District marked the sad anniversary with a new memorial. On Tuesday, the district invited his family to unveil a special tribute.
Alvidrez's son, and his namesake, explained his feelings about the last three years to a crowd. That's how long it's been since he lost the man he looked up to, like so many in the Kern High School District did.
"I lost my leader, my mentor, my hero. I still wonder to this day why," said his son, Steven Alvidrez.
The late Steven Alvidrez served the district for 19 years. The last ten he was the Chief of Police.
"He knew he was loved, but he wouldn't be gloating about it. He just felt appreciative that he could help so many people," said Alvidrez's daughter, Kristen Alvidrez.
Cheers and tears were heard and seen outside the Kern High School District Police Department where a bronze memorial plaque was unveiled. It's a tribute to the years of dedication and the years of service cut short.
"This plaque behind us is amazing. It's pretty awesome, and they did a pretty good job of honoring my father and continuing his legacy and what he did for the community so," said Alvidrez's son.
"I think Steve is looking down on us today with a great sense of pride, probably a tear rolling down his cheek wishing he could still be with us. And, you saw many tears today of people wishing he could be with us," said Dr. Don Carter, KHSD Superintendent.
The emotions of the day were too much for Ramona Alvidrez to say anything. She found comfort in her kids, as they wait for the driver who hit their father to come forward.
"I'm a big believer in karma and the Lord, so I know he'll get his, he'll get his time," said Kristen Alvidrez.
The district also presented the family with a framed collage and photo.
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