Child loses his father and his grandfather, both killed on Galveston Co. roads in 3-week span

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Thursday, April 13, 2023
Dad of 3 killed while on bike 'died doing what he loved,' family says
Texas City police are looking for a driver they say fatally hit Darion Rodriguez and left the scene. One of the victim's sons also lost a grandfather.

TEXAS CITY, Texas (KTRK) -- A Texas City family is hoping someone out there speaks up if they know anything about who killed their loved one over the weekend.

Darion Rodriguez, 36, was riding his bike home on FM-1764 near Highway 3 when a driver hit and left him on the side of the road to die.

Rodriguez, who was known to his loved ones as "DJ," is being remembered as an energetic person who loved his family and riding his bike.

"He died doing what he loved. He loved riding his bike. He loved making them for people. He was just a very creative person," Destiny Rodriguez, the victim's eldest child, said.

Darion Rodriguez was also the father of two other children - Frankie and Bentley - and a baby girl due in July with his girlfriend, Erika Baylor.

"I spoke to him at 2:52 that morning and he told me he was on his way home. And when it became 3:30 (a.m.), I got worried," Baylor said.

Texas City police said they responded to the scene at about 3:15 a.m. on Sunday. So far, they don't have any information on the driver or the suspect car.

"These kids don't deserve to grow up without a dad. You took him. You left him on the side of the road like a dog," Lois Weaver, who is Frankie's mother, said.

For Frankie, not only did he lose his dad, but he also lost his grandfather three weeks ago. Both died on the road because of other drivers.

ABC13 last spoke with Weaver shortly after her father tragically died in a crash with a Texas City police officer.

"If anyone seen anything or knows anything, please just come forward so we can get justice for him," Alyssa Walton, Bentley's mom, said about the death of his son's father.

Darion's family, his children's moms, and his daughter want whoever did this to speak up.

"I just want whoever he or she (is) to turn themselves in. I forgive them. I'll tell them that. I forgive you," Patricia Rodriguez, Darion's sister, said.

If you have any information on who may have left this Texas City father to die, you're asked to call police at 409-933-2151 or the Mainland Communities Crime Stoppers at 409-945-8477.

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