Family and friends remember 22-year-old Forest Grove man killed by suspected drunk driver

Woman pleads not guilty in fatal Forest Grove hit-and-run

FOREST GROVE, Ore. -- A man died Saturday after a driver hit him as he walked along the side of a Forest Grove road. Police believe the woman driving was drunk.

Jonathan Dominguez Esquivel's sister broke down as she talked about her baby brother. She said Esquivel had moved to Oregon from California a couple years ago, he loved his family, and he worked hard to make them proud.

"He's my brother, my baby brother," Fatima Luna-Esquivel cried. "He was just excited. He got a raise. He was going to visit to California. He was going to buy the house of his mom's dreams."

But the 22-year-old never got that far. It was on Pacific Avenue that police say around 10:30 Saturday night, Esquivel was walking to his job at a nearby Safeway when a car hit and killed him.

Police arrested 27-year-old Bethany Lumber. Court records show she made bail and is out of jail. She's expected in court next week.

"It was a drunk driver and where is she now? Home? And my baby brother, where is he now? This is not fair," said Luna-Esquivel.

She has a message for Lumber.

"He didn't deserve this. That it's not right for you to take dumb decisions," she said. "Don't go around killing people by doing stupid mistakes. If you don't think of yourself, think of others at least."

To make the situation even worse, Luna-Esquivel said it was her brother's birthday just last week. Even though this is a trying time, she said she was comforted to see his friends paying their respects at his memorial.

GoFundMe account has been set up to help offset expenses.

On Thursday, March 30, Bethany Lumber's attorney reserved all rights and entered a not guilty plea. Outside of court, she didn't want to comment. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 21 at 3 p.m. 

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