Father killed in hit-and-run crash

December 4, 2013 9:44 pm

Nathaniel Robinson Sr. and his young son

The California Highway Patrol is asking for the public’s help in solving a deadly hit and run accident on Interstate 80 in Richmond.

The tragic crash took place just hours after the 32-year-old enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner with his family. Police say Nathaniel Robinson Sr., of San Pablo, was driving his Buick Park Avenue west on Highway 80 near Solano Avenue when he crashed into the roadway’s center divider, according to the CHP.

After the crash, Robinson exited the car and attempted to cross the roadway to the right shoulder, but before reaching it, he was struck by a vehicle that then took off.   He was then hit by two other drivers who pulled over and remained at the scene.

No description of the suspect vehicle is available, and the CHP is asking for anyone with information to help identify the vehicle or the driver to come forward.

“That vehicle would have damage to the hood, the windshield, the grill. There could even be blood or pieces of clothing on that vehicle that would indicate it hit a pedestrian,” said CHP officer Sean Wilkenfeld.

Robinson’s father said he spoke with his son shortly before the accident.

“As always, he and I talked and laughed about a lot of different thing,” Jack Robinson told KTVU.

The elder Robinson said he believed his son was heading to his girlfriend’s home that night.

“It’s devastating, hard to bear. My emotions are on a roller coaster,” Robinson said about the loss of his son.

The grieving father described Nathaniel as the perfect son and said that he had recently gotten custody of his little boy and planned to raise him as a single dad.

Jack Robinson had a message for the hit and run driver,  “I know it’s a scary situation, but just have a heart. Come forward,” he said.

Robinson says he raised Nathaniel as a single father himself and hopes now to raise his grandson, Nathaniel Jr. now that his son is gone.