Memorial service held for Manatee teen killed in motorcycle crash

March 11, 2014 

Hugo Arellano

PALMETTO -- A memorial service was held in Palmetto Monday night for 18-year-old Hugo Arellano.

Mourners packed the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Palmetto to remember the Manatee County high school student.

He was riding his motorcycle on Cortez Road on Saturday afternoon when he was hit and killed by a 90-year-old man who failed to yield to the motorcycle's right of way.

"Only God knows why he does things and it's hard," said cousin Rosita Lucas, "but like everybody is saying he's in a better place."

There was a large showing of friends from the high school. Friends said Hugo was involved in the Army's ROTC program and he also worked at a movie theater in Bradenton. They said he was just a good person, all-around.

"Hugo was a kind, giving, loving person. I don't think he had an enemy,” said Eric Freema, a friend. “I worked with him, I was his supervisor and he was my friend, too. He was always a part of everything he wanted to do. He complimented everything. He was there to bring you up."

Following the service, a group of bikers rode out single-file as a tribute to Hugo. Most of them didn't know him at all but wanted to pay their respects to the family and honor the young man who shared their love of motorcycles.

Troopers said Hugo was wearing his helmet. They also said that charges are pending in this case.

Troopers said the 90-year-old driver suffered minor injuries in the crash and his 80-year-old passenger was uninjured.

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