Vigil held for dad who saved daughter from automotive throughout bike journey
Mark Madamba was the real-life tremendous hero in his household. Saving his 9-year-old daughter was his final act of bravery.
TRACY, Calif. — A motorbike journey along with his daughter down MacArthur Drive in Tracy on Sunday changed into tragedy. When 45-year-old Mark Madamba was hit and killed by a dashing automotive that crashed right into a wall, his last act was saving his little woman’s life.
On Monday evening, lots of of individuals gathered to assist her and her household by means of their grief.
“He’s up in heaven. He’s now an angel,” mentioned Mark’s spouse, Kelly Madamba.
That’s how Kelly explains what occurred to her youngsters.
“We at all times mentioned he’s invincible,” Kelly mentioned.
Mark, a retired Alameda County deputy with a ardour for Muay Thai, was the real-life superhero in his household. Saving his 9-year-old daughter was his final act of bravery.
“I didn’t know what to take action I simply ran throughout the road on the lookout for my dad,” Ava Madamba informed ABC10.
Ava mentioned he dad shouted at her to bike quicker throughout Macarthur Drive throughout their bike journey on Sunday. When she rotated, she noticed a purple automotive smash into an indication.
“The automotive went super-fast as a result of it made a ‘errrrh’ sound,” Ava recalled.
Ava’s father was pinned someplace behind it. Small, however mighty, Ava is holding onto their discovered reminiscences collectively.
“He’s very good. He was a really goofy dad,” Ava mentioned.
She additionally says he had numerous associates. Greater than 100 folks confirmed as much as a candlelight vigil in his honor. Between the hugs and tears was additionally a shared sense of frustration each time a automotive sped by.
“While you put in two lanes every means it is sort of a freeway. Individuals fly by means of right here,” mentioned Robert Haight, a pal of the household.
Some household associates really feel like Mark’s demise might have been prevented. Macarthur Drive was widened from two lanes to 4 lanes earlier this yr. Many say it’s been way more harmful since.
“Listen, as a result of in a single second you possibly can wreck somebody’s complete life. And that’s how we really feel,” Kelly mentioned.
She says if the driving force had slowed down, her little woman should still have her father. The motive force stayed on scene, authorities mentioned.
Household and associates have been donating to a GoFundMe to assist pay for Mark’s funeral. They are saying they wish to begin a petition for security enhancements alongside the hall the place then crash occurred.
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