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'It still doesn't feel real.' Family in shock following fatal Fairfield hit-and-run

It's been nearly a week without the bright light that radiated from Hazem Mohamed everywhere he went.

News 12 Staff

Aug 8, 2022, 3:52 PM

Updated 682 days ago

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It's been nearly a week without the bright light that radiated from Hazem Mohamed everywhere he went.
The 26-year-old was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Fairfield Tuesday.
The suspected driver, Jairo Guadalupe Lopez-Bonilla, 39, was quickly tracked down and arrested in Bridgeport later that night.
Mohamed's family and girlfriend told News 12 that it still doesn't feel real as they visited his memorial at the crash site on Kings Highway East.
They say he died doing what he loved, riding his motorcycle around his neighborhood.
"He wears boots, jackets, the helmet, the gloves, everything you can think about, he wears," Mohamed's sister, Mariam, says.
Mohamed's loved ones say he also loved to cook and travel and had a passion for cars.
Most recently, Mohamed worked at Maserati in Greenwich.
Mohamed grew up in a close-knit family. He leaves behind his mom, dad, and five siblings.
The family moved to Connecticut from Egypt in 2012 and recently opened The Nutcracker, a dessert shop on Black Rock Turnpike.
Mohamed often picked up treats at the shop on his way to work to give to his co-workers - just one of the many selfless acts his sister says she will remember.
"He just wanted everyone around him to feel safe, feel happy," she says.
The family says the outpouring of support they've received is helping them through their loss.
"I hope he's resting knowing and feeling the praise and love he's been getting from everyone," Mariam says.


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