PITTSBURGH — Family and friends are remembering the infectious smile and kindness of Austin Fike, who was killed while riding his bike in Brookline Sunday night.
His family said he'd beam ear-to-ear at the sight of his 2-year-old son, Austin Jr.
Alfred Patilla was Fike's coworker at Bigham Tavern on Mount Washington. He said Fike would often pick up six or seven shifts a week to provide for his family.
"He cared so much about people so he would do anything," Patilla said.
The 22-year-old was riding his bike on Brookline Boulevard and Pioneer Avenue when he was hit by a car.
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His bike and a single sneaker were found lying in the middle of the road. Now, flowers mark the spot where Fike was killed.
His friend said he was just going to McDonald's to get his son something to eat.
The driver who hit Fike was unlicensed and was detained by police, officials said.
Patilla said he feels blessed to have known Fike and watched him grow into a mature man.
"That's what you want, that's what you want to see in people especially if you call them your friend. You always want to see them progress," Patilla said.
His friends are now calling on others to practice selflessness and compassion Fike lived.
"He just had to keep people uplifted. That's what the world needs," Patilla said.
Charges are pending against the driver who, at this point, has not been identified.
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