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Family of victim prepares to face drunk driver

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SAN MARCOS (CBS 8) - A North County family is mourning the loss of a young father as they prepare to face the driver accused of killing him in court.

Thirty-year-old Ivan Angeles was on a motorcycle when he was hit by an SUV early Sunday morning.

Just two days after her only son was killed by an alleged drunk driver, Eva Espinoza says the pain is unbearable and the realization he's gone hasn't sunk in.

"My son never dies. He's always with me. He's here," Espinoza said.

Angeles was a technician for AT&T. Espinoza says the 30-year-old worked hard to provide for his family, which included three sisters and an 11-year-old son.

"We won't be his father, but we'll be there for him as much as his father was," sister Brenda Espinoza said.

Around 1:30 Sunday morning, Ivan was on his motorcycle traveling south on Las Flores Drive in San Marcos when the driver of an SUV

broadsided him while going west on south Santa Fe Avenue. Following the crash, 21-year-old Gilberto Valdivia allegedly took off.

He was arrested a quarter-mile away on suspicion of DUI, hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter.

On Tuesday, detectives returned to the scene to gather more evidence. Ivan's friends were there as well.

"An hour after he left my house, this happened," friend Mike Nordon said.

Nordon says Ivan was with him and his son playing board games. He was one of the last people to see him alive. He built a memorial as a tribute to his longtime friend.

"I just miss him man, I just miss him, you know?" he said.

As for Ivan's family, they want their story to inspire people not to drink and drive. They plan to attend Wednesday's arraignment as they continue to seek justice in this case.

"I want him to stay (his) whole life in jail because he ran," Eva Espinoza said.

"It's just really hard to know we'll never see him smile, laugh," Brenda Espinoza said.

The suspect's arraignment was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but has been postponed.

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