Loved ones were forced to say good bye to Jose Arreola, the man who was hit and killed by an unknown driver a little more than a week ago as he tried to protect his young daughter.

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The 38-year-old was walking along the road with his daughter Anjelica when the accident occurred. He had just gone to pick her up from an after-school day care program. As they crossed the street in a crosswalk, a car approached them at a very fast speed.

His fatherly instincts kicked in. Grabbing his young daughter and pushing her out of the way, he was struck by the car and took the full force of the impact. He was killed instantly.

Anjellica, 7, was rushed to Long Beach Memorial Hospital with severe injuries. She remains in a coma as of Friday night.

Police are still searching for the driver of the SUV who caused the accident.

The SUV was described as a pearl white Cadillac Escalade that sustained damage to the right-front fender and grill.

The driver was a heavy-set Latino man with short hair and a goatee. He wore a white T-shirt and a large gold necklace.

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