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East Oakland vigil honors Hayward guy killed in weekend collision

OAKLAND — Manusiu Mafi’s face swung quickly back again and forth concerning joy and grief as she used her mobile phone to demonstrate a video posted to social media of her dazzling-eyed, wide-shouldered second cousin Lolomanaia Soakai singing a church hymn.

“He was these a quiet, massive guy, but Lolo experienced a voice like an angel,” Mafi said, smiling wistfully, as she recalled him attending products and services with his mom and father at Laurel United Methodist Church on 35th Avenue in advance of sticking around for kava ceremonies soon after sermons.

Mafi’s joy won out momentarily as she looked all around at extra than a hundred men and women who arrived to a vigil Thursday in the 5400 block of Global Boulevard to honor Soakai and to raise consciousness of visitors violence that has claimed numerous life and drained safety and ease from traffic corridors.

“I know that the household supports 100% and I’m happy to see that the local community is below 100%. We just want justice for Lolo. The kind of person that he is, he’d be like, ‘Don’t stress, sis, it’s [OK,]’” she stated.

In among sharing refreshments and drinking water with others, Mafi joined at least a dozen some others who sang a cappella gospel tracks as cars rolled past.

Soakai, 28, was one of 4 males standing alongside Intercontinental Boulevard just following 1:50 a.m. Sunday when a Nissan 350Z speeding eastbound alongside Intercontinental in a lane selected for buses only struck a car turning onto Intercontinental from 54th Avenue.

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The Nissan then struck parked automobiles, like sport-utility autos and motorcycles. 1 of the SUVs struck the group, killing Soakai at the scene. The men had been hospitalized and later on shown in steady problem.

A GoFundMe fund-raising marketing campaign set up Sunday night to increase cash for Soakai’s mother and brother had lifted $1,720 towards a $2,000 goal as of 10 p.m. Thursday. This marketing campaign was on the internet at

As some vigil attendees waved Tongan flags and other people held posters that examine “Honk 4 Justice” and “A driver killed our neighbor below, June 26,” associates of the Visitors Violence Rapid Reaction Staff joined household and local community lining the south facet of the 5400 block of Intercontinental Boulevard, where candles, balloons and pics of Soakali rested, and helped hand out fliers to motorists and pedestrians about the collision.

1 member, North Oakland resident George Spies, explained he came to raise recognition of road safety: “After each of these fatalities, we want people to know that they occurred. We want people to know that there’s answers accessible, and we want those options place into spot.”

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 30: ​Luseane Finau ​attends a vigil and rally for her husband’s nephew Lolomanaia “Lolo” Soakai on Global Boulevard close to 54th Avenue in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, June 30, 2022. A group contacting them selves the Targeted traffic Violence Immediate Reaction Staff held a vigil Soakai, 28, who died just after a substantial-pace Oakland police chase when the suspect’s vehicle plowed into numerous motor vehicles. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group) 

An additional member, West Oakland resident Bryan Culbertson, said he’d found that “most of the motorists listed here are extremely supportive of the neighborhood that was out below right now. They honked when we requested them for guidance, they pumped their fists, they took flyers, and they will most likely be contacting their associates. This is a thing that has an effect on us all. We all want to be in a position to navigate our city securely in whatever way we can.”

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As Pedro Ramirez, a 30-calendar year Oakland resident and occasional bicycle owner who reported he is effective at a nearby car or truck-rental organization, watched the vigil, he could not help but share his very own disagreeable encounters with neighborhood website traffic.

“We see persons drive like ridiculous, sometimes far more than 60 miles an hour. They really don’t respect the mild, they never respect the targeted visitors, they push in the bus traces,” Ramirez claimed. “I don’t know who determined to make this bus lane, if it is superior for them or not, but it is no excellent for the people”

Oakland Town Councilman Loren Taylor, who signifies the city’s District 6, pointed out a bus-lane concern from in entrance of a community corner store.

“We have excessive speeds and reckless driving together this [bus rapid transit] corridor, exactly where you see there’s no bodily demarcation in between that and the most important lane, which signifies those who are impatient, or in any other case just really do not care, can basically take care of that as their individual speedway,” Taylor reported in portion.

“We also have to seem at other approaches of holding people accountable for reckless driving with out pursuing with a significant-speed chase [and] use know-how like drones, enforcement and other answers that nonetheless enable us to maintain the line relative to reckless driving but also not even more endanger residents.”

Make contact with George Kelly at 408-859-5180.

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