Fil-Am Marine dies in California hit-and-run accident

By Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Mar 28 2014 01:48 PM | Updated as of Mar 28 2014 09:48 PM

FREMONT, California – A 23-year old Filipino-American Marine Andrew Silva had everything going for him.

He had just returned from a tour of duty to Afghanistan. He is a new husband and a father to a two-year old son.

But in one instant on early Tuesday morning he lost his life. Silva was struck by a suspected drunk driver, who attempted to flee. Silva died instantly.

Friends, family members and fellow Marines continue to come in droves, at the sight where the tragedy happened.

Lance Corporal Richard Agoncillo served in the same unit as Silva.

"From the get-go, he was a really nice guy. He was a great person. I know his brother and they look like they get along good. And knowing him as a Marine, he's a pretty squared away Marine," said Agoncillo.

Lance Corporal Joseph Cruz said he met Silva in high school and Silva inspired him to join the Marines.

"The best thing I could say about him is that every time I saw him, he was always a happy kind of person. He was really light-hearted. He never rejected anybody. He was never really a serious person. He never took things seriously. Every time I see him or hung out with him he was always in a happy mood. He was really nice to everybody around him," Cruz said.

Silva was killed when the driver of a white Mini Cooper, identified as 23-year old Alexander Yohn, reportedly ran a red light and slammed onto Silva's motorcycle.

Yohn reportedly then fled into a nearby field until police caught and arrested him.

Yohn is currently in jail and facing vehicular manslaughter.