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Family and friends want permanent memorial for hit-and-run victim

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SPRING VALLEY (CBS 8) - Friends and family put up a makeshift memorial at the Spring Valley site of a deadly hit-and-run crash, hoping the community will help raise money for a permanent tribute to the young victim.

Jacob Greenwald, 20, was killed by a suspected drunk driver on October 27th when he was walking home from his job at McDonald's in the middle of the night.

Friend and family members erected a newly painted banner on Tuesday night in honor of the young man killed by a suspected drunk driver.

 "It's our beginning to recovery," said family friend Deanna Rodgers.

 Christina Clemente painted the banner on canvas where it is tied between two poles near the site.

 "He put smiles on everyone's face, everyday," said Jacob's best friend Kris Baker.

 Family and friends said they want a permanent marker to remember Jacob and to prevent another innocent life taken.

 "When people want to come and remember Jacob they have a place to come," said Rodgers.

 Right now they are focusing getting the community's help to raise money to purchase a plaque to put in a parking lot near the site where Greenwald was killed.

 "It should be more about Jacob, because Jacob was a great person he was the best on in the neighborhood," said Baker.

 Those who knew Greenwald are focusing on his memory right now and not the man accused of recklessly taking his life.

Jason Palmer, 33, is charged with gross negligent vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run.

"He [Palmer] is really nothing it's just about Jacob, that is why everyone is coming together, not for Palmer," said Baker.

Records show Palmer is a convicted felon and previously went to prison for DUI hit-and-run and released under California's realignment law.

"There just can't be a justice to what he has done," said Rodgers.

On Wednesday night at 8:15 p.m. Greenwald's family and friends are meeting at the site on Campo Road near North Granada Road to plan for Saturday's fundraiser. Saturday they plan to meet at 7 p.m. at Cowles Mountain to collect money for a plaque and climb for Jacob.

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