Motorcycle joy ride ends in tragedy

Ruben Gutierrez was killed after a car pulled out in front of him in the 4700 block of Rigsby Avenue


SAN ANTONIO – It has been days since a man was killed in a motorcycle accident on the city's East Side.

Ruben Gutierrez, 27, was killed Sunday after he hit a vehicle that pulled out in front of him in the 4700 block of Rigsby Avenue.

Terry Becerra, Gutierrez's aunt, said her nephew had always wanted a motorcycle and when he finally got one, his life ended.

"He loved his bike," said Becerra. "He was just so happy to have it and he went to go show me and his uncle the bike and that's when 30 minutes later they gave us the phone call and it was the last thing we expected to see."

Gutierrez had three children: Alizee, 11, Ruby Ann, 2 and Ruben Jr., 1.

"We're all going to miss him so much," said Becerra. "I think we're still in shock. It's like you never know one minute to the next."

Family members said what hurts the most is that the three children will now have to grow up without a father.

"It hurts," said Ashaly Morales, Ruby Ann's mother. "My daughter is only 2 and she's not going to have her daddy now to grow up. She has his pictures and says, "Tata, it hurts."

"It's hard because I don't know who's going to walk her down the aisle for the Sweet 15," said Crystal Garcia, Alizee's mother. "He's not going to be there for the father-daughter dance. To see my daughter in pain like that, it hurts me really bad."

On Wednesday, friends and family will hold a plate sale to cover the funeral costs at the Culebra Meat Market on Rigsby Avenue, just a few feet from where the accident happened.

Police said Gutierrez was headed eastbound on Rigsby when a car pulled out in front of him. The driver is not expected to face any charges.

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