Fellow bikers ride in memory of colleague killed in hit-and-run ax

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Adolfo Canchan, who was killed in a crash Tuesday, July 31, 2012, is seen in an undated photo.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Perla Pena had a bad feeling when friends called her wanting to know if she had heard from a mutual friend, Adolfo Canchan. They would later discover he had been killed in a hit-and-run crash at the intersection of Chester Avenue and 1st Street on Tuesday evening.

"I had a real friend," said Pena as she tried to no avail to control her tears.

Wednesday evening, dozens of bikers from local motorcycle clubs turned out for a ride and candlelight vigil in memory of their colleague, better known simply as "Fofo."

Meeting at the parking lot of John's Burgers, members rode down Ming Avenue to Chester and then to 1st Street, where they joined family members in a candlelight vigil.

Fofo belonged to the Ruthless Ryderz club. But friends said his priority was his family, sometimes leaving his buddies to join his family at church functions.

Canchan family members at the vigil were overwhelmed at the dozens who turned out in memory of Fofo.

"This is what friendship is all about, friends are there in good times and in bad times," said Maynor Adolfo Canchan, father of Fofo.

The family was visibly shaken, and is devastated by the loss said Canchan. Police say the investigation is ongoing. It appears Fofo's motorcycle collided with another vehicle on Chester Avenue at 1st Street. But police said the driver of the vehicle, 57-year-old Jose Arreyque-Andrade, fled the scene.

Arreyque was arrested for felony hit and run, driving with a suspended license and vehicular manslaughter. In a jailhouse interview with Eyewitness News, Arryeque said he realized it was wrong to leave the crash scene.

"I didn't see him, and he hit the back of my car, and that's it, and I left because I got afraid, I got scared," said Arreyque.

Anyone with information should contact Bakersfield Police Officer Kevin Fidler at (661) 327-7111.