Friends and family members of a Valencia man killed by a suspected hit-and-run driver will hold a candlelight vigil Saturday at College of the Canyons in Valencia.
Those looking to memorialize Travis Marton are invited to gather at Parking Lot 8.
Marton was killed on a stretch of Pacific Coast Highway in Newport Beach on New Year’s Eve sometime before 2:56 a.m., according to Sgt. Rachel Johnson.
The collision reportedly took place on a stretch of PCH known as East Coast Highway and Newport Coast Drive, Johnson said.
Laguna Beach Police Department officers arrested Ronald Lloyd Aviles, 57, of San Clemente, shortly after the collision.
He allegedly drove a vehicle that fatally struck Travis Marton on New Year’s Day and left the scene, according to a criminal complaint.
Those who knew Marton created a GoFundMe page with the following message:
This is our G0-FUND-ME page that will help us create a scholarship under Travis’ name. Travis loved Science, so through this we wanted to create something that would allow someone else with the same kind of enthusiasm to be able to do some of the great things Travis did during his time here at UC Santa Cruz. We miss you buddy, RIP Travis.
The page has received $5,150 as of Friday afternoon, and it’s trying to raise $10,000.
Officials with the Orange County District Attorney’s Office claim Aviles knowingly, willfully and unlawfully failed to immediately stop the vehicle after the Jan. 1 collision.
Aviles was found driving the vehicle that allegedly hit Marton shortly after the crash. He was arrested the same day, according to the felony complaint.
Aviles posted $50,000 bail and is set to be arraigned at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach early next month.