He died Sunday night at Hendrick Medical Center, a day after being struck by a vehicle on North 14th & Mockingbird. According to police report, Tijerina was attempting to cross the road and failed to yield right of way to the driver.
Tijerina's daughter, Jenny, says her father loved to have fun and rode the bicycle as his mode of transportation.
"Everyone always had nice things to say about him," Jenny says. "He rode his bike every single day and it's a sad moment right now."
Jenny says his injuries from the collision were so severe that he was unrecognizable. Hence, why she feels the driver may have been speeding. At this point, police are saying that alcohol and speed of the vehicle are not believed to be a contributing factor.
"He was only a few feet away when he got struck," Jenny adds. "I feel like he's not being justified since we're only hearing one side."
During this tough time, Jenny wants to send a message out to everyone on the road.
"People in cars need to be aware of bike riders," Jenny said. "We treat them like they're ants and they need to be seen."
Jenny also adds that bike riders need to enforce their own safety so they can be safe on the road. At this point, the family is trying to make ends meet in order to plan a funeral arrangement.
If you'd like to help the family, visit any Abilene Federal Teachers Federal Credit Union and donate to Jesus Tijerina under the account 44295.
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