The family of the man who was killed by a driver allegedly making a getaway from police on Wednesday is now asking the public for their help.
Jose Madrid Salcidio, 50, was driving west on 36th Ave. N. in north Minneapolis when he was struck by Trevon McMorris, who authorities say was fleeing the cops after he'd been stopped for suspicious activity.
Madrid was found pinned in his vehicle, unconscious and without a pulse. He was rushed by ambulance to North Memorial Health Hospital where he was pronounced dead about an hour later.
On Thursday, his widow, Martha Perea, launched a GoFundMe campaign seeking $5,000. As of this writing, it has raised nearly half of that goal.
According to the page, Perea was driving home from karate class with the couple's daughter when they saw the scene of the accident and recognized Madrid's car, stopped, and were sent by authorities to North Memorial. There, they learned that he had died within minutes of arriving.
Perea tells WCCO that her husband was the family's sole provider and that they're "they’re not sure what to do" without him.
She also told the station that Madrid was "a wonderful husband and father who stayed out of trouble and worked really hard."
Meanwhile, McMorris, a 27-year-old from Brooklyn Park, is now facing serious prison time. He was charged on Friday with causing a death while fleeing a police officer, a felony that carries a maximum sentence of 40 years.
He was being investigated for drug dealing at the time of the incident. According to the criminal complaint against him, his Dodge Durango was one of three cars that had been reported for "suspicious exchanges" in front of 3330 Aldrich Ave. N.
Officers arrived and were able to ID McMorris just before he allegedly sped away, nearly hitting one of the officers and striking a parked car, before crashing into Madrid's vehicle.