Michael Ray Vega was born in 1986. He was the oldest of his siblings. He was a local to Corona/Norco and Rancho Cucamonga Ca. He was the first in The Vega family to graduate from a University! Michael was always a creative artist and full of imagination. He began his love for photography at an early age of 9. He attended Garretson Elementary and won a Reflections contest with a photo he took while camping in the Sierra’s.. He furthered his love of photography and writing in high school at Centennial High School. He worked on the school newspaper as a photographer and moved up to Editor in Chief in his senior year. He attended RCC for 1 year, and also became the Editor In Chief. He moved on campus the following year to CSUSB. He took several art classes including Glass Blowing. The following year her moved to New Mexico. He attended NMSU until he graduated. He was a foreign exchange student while at NMSU and traveled to Japan. He studied Art, Writing, History and Culture all in the native language of Japan. He bought a bicycle in Japan and began a new love for cycling. Upon his arrival home, he took a Univega bicycle from the barn at home and brought it back to NMSU and cycled back and forth to school and work. He graduated NMSU in December 2010. He moved back to California and landed freelance job in Huntington Beach at HB Culture Magazine. July 2011 he applied at Apple in Victoria Gardens. He found his home an Dream job! Michael continued to cycle everyday. He often cycled from Rancho Cucamonga to Norco and also to Huntington Beach and back. Within a few months he was promoted to Genius at Apple. In February 2012 he went to Apple headquarters in Cupertino for his Genius training. Apple shipped his bicycle to Cupertino also. He cycled around campus and took the train to San Francisco with his bicycle and cycled around the city. He was on Top of the World!! He fell in love in April and was looking forward to his bright future. He had planned on transferring to an Apple store later in 2012 in San Francisco..The following is from the Facebook page created the day after he was killed..
Michael Ray…a very kind, helpful, talented man ♥
Taken from this world too soon! Hit and killed while riding his bicycle in Rancho Cucamonga on August 28 2012 at 6:40pm. Going eastbound on Foothill Blvd at Ramona. The person that hit him left him.. Never turned back.. Thank you to 3 Beautiful Courageous Moms stopped to render aid and pray over our son.. Many also stepped up to pray! He had just got off work at The Apple Store in Victoria Gardens and was on his way to La Verne to see his sweetheart.. He ♥ ‘d to ride.. Ride On Mikee! ·
Please follow his story on Facebook.. His page: Michael Ray Vega Ride on!
December 20, 2012 Michael’s friend who works at NMSU set up a scholarship in his name. It is called Michael Ray Vega Ride On. We are hoping to fund this scholarship through sales via VegaApparelCo.com. We are so close to having it fully funded. When this is fully funded, we will move on the help with funds for Bicycle Safety and Art programs for kids!
update. The driver who hit and killed Michael was arrested 2 1/2 weeks after he left Michael on the side of the road. He spent 5 days in jail. He was released and made a 2 year Bail Bond. On February 19, 2015 is the next court date. Because of the current laws, there is no extra punishment for leaving the scene of a crime when there is a hit & run. It is way past due on changing these laws.
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In February, The driver pled guilty to 2 felonies. On April 17, he was sentenced to 7 years. Because of the laws in California, he may be out in 3 1/2 yrs!!! YES, 3 1/2 years for recklessly killing a BRIGHT, BEAUTIFUL, FULL OF LIFE & DREAMS YOUNG MAN!!! The court allowed us to play the 10 minute video of Michael Ray’s life and read a 7 page Victims Statement. He never said one word. When it was all over, he stood up and put his hands behind his back. He was cuffed and taken away..
We advocate to change these laws.
Please do not be a Distracted Driver.
Please Put Your Phone Away.
It is not worth it..
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Ride On MRV!!!!
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VegaApparelCo.com is now a Non Profit as of May 2016!
We are officially a 501C3.
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