A 64-year-old Omaha man who died following a hit-and-run accident was remembered by family members and friends Sunday as an easygoing man who will be missed.
Frank D. Huerta died Friday at the Nebraska Medical Center after he was hit by a car while walking near 42nd and H Streets about 10:45 p.m. A passerby found him and went to a nearby tavern to ask the bartender to call 911.
Jim Prchal and Stella McAfee, the owners of the Last Call Saloon, said Huerta lived about three blocks from their bar and was a regular customer.
He had stopped in a few minutes before the accident but wasn't served, they said.
“Frank was an awesome guy,” McAfee said. “We always enjoyed his company, and he was very sensible, very friendly and so easygoing. He's going to really be missed by all of us.”
A memorial service for Huerta will be held Wednesday at the Korisko Larkin Staskiewicz Funeral Home, 5108 F St. Visitation will begin at 4:30 p.m., with the service scheduled for 6 p.m.
Mikala R. Rinehart, 17, of Omaha was arrested Saturday in connection with the hit-and-run accident and was booked into the Douglas County Youth Detention Center on suspicion of leaving the scene of an accident causing death, police said.
Nick Huerta, the victim's older brother, said his family is grateful for the swiftness of the arrest. He said authorities told him the teen's mother called police because she thought the car had been vandalized.
“I miss him dearly. ... Frank was a good guy,” Nick Huerta said.
He said he and his brother were born exactly one year apart and got along well growing up.
The Huerta brothers were among seven children who settled in Omaha with their father, Anselmo “Sam” Huerta, an Air Force veteran who is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, and their mother, Frances, who died in January.
In addition to Nick, Huerta is survived by sons Troy and Robert; daughter Diane “Starr” Huerta; sisters Juanita Styles and JoAnna Huerta; and brothers Tony, Robert and Samuel.
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