An Oak Cliff paletero died after a driver hit his vendor tricycle Sunday night, and his family spent a night searching for him in Dallas hospitals.
Jacinto Mireles, 53, died after he was hit in the 1500 block of South Beckley Avenue at about 6:20 p.m. Sunday, and his family was never notified.
When he didn’t return home, his family thought maybe he was delayed by a flat tire, but by 10:30 p.m., they called police, who said they couldn’t help. And then they started searching hospitals, Al Día reports.
It wasn’t until around 5 p.m. Monday that they found out he had died, after multiple calls to the Dallas County Medical Examiner Office.
Jacinto Mireles was an undocumented immigrant. His 28-year-old daughter, Kiabeth Mireles, told the Spanish-language publication that she and her family haven’t been allowed to see her father’s body, and no one has been arrested in his death.
“Por qué no nos dejan verlo?” Kiabeth Mireles told Al Día. “Por qué nunca nos dijeron que mi papá estaba muerto?”
Why won’t they let us see him? Why didn’t anyone tell us that my father was killed?
Mireles worked in construction Monday through Friday and made his rounds through the streets of Oak Cliff on weekends, Al Día reports.
A crowd-funding campaign for his final expenses has raised more than $13,700.
WFAA reports that Mireles was killed by a 21-year-old, driving a 2009 Dodge Ram northbound in the right-hand lane, who told police that he didn’t see Mireles “until it was too late.”
View this post on Instagram
Last night Jacinto, a paletero here from Oak Cliff, was hit right in front of our house and lost his life. My sisters and I were with him when he took his last breath, I have been waiting for his family to be contacted to post. They started a go fund me and if you can, please please help in any way you can. I can’t even begin to imagine the pain of his family to lose him the way they did. I pray his soul is at peace and God wraps his arms around his family 🤍🕊 https://gf.me/u/y746bz The link will be in my bio If you can’t donate I ask that you please share this post so his family can give him the funeral he deserves 🤍 EDIT: likes on this post are continuing to pour in, you might not think a donation as small as $1 will make a difference but with everyone this post is reaching I promise it will help his family 🙏🏼