Eleven-year-old Moses Galang loved reading them, making them up and telling them to his family.
“He had a creative mind,” said his stepfather, Lonnie Morris, 55, of Sacramento. “His stories would be triple-deck books. If you give him a minute, you will be telling him an hour and half later, ‘That’s enough.’ His mind was always moving.”
But there will be no more stories from Moses. He died the day after Christmas after he was hit by one vehicle, and dragged by another, on Bruceville Road on Dec. 23.
At the time of the accident, Moses and his 12-year-old best friend from the neighborhood were running across Cosumnes River Boulevard, using the crosswalk. The friend made it safely across. Moses got hit by a vehicle going east on Cosumnes.
That driver stopped, but Moses was hit by a second vehicle, which had turned east on Cosumnes from Bruceville. The second vehicle did not stop, even after running over Moses. Police are still searching for that hit-and-run vehicle, described as a white or light-colored later 1970s to early 1980s Ford or Chevrolet van with a camper top.
“I’m upset that the person went and didn’t even stop to see what happened, to see if he was OK,” said Vanessa Galang, 13, Moses’ sister. “That person has taken the life of an innocent 11-year-old. I want that person to come forward, or have someone turn him in, so Moses can have justice.”
Morris believed that if the second driver had stopped, Moses might have survived.
“He could have survived his injuries from the first vehicle, but the second vehicle ran over him,” said Morris, who serves on the parole board for Marin County. The father said Moses “suffered brain damage from being dragged” as the second vehicle fled the scene.
Born in Redwood City, Moses is the middle child of three in his family. Four years ago, his mother, Jessica Fort, 43, a supervising probation officer with the San Francisco Adult Probation Department, decided to move from the Bay Area to Sacramento, seeking a “family-oriented community” with “good schools.”
An inquisitive child, Moses, a sixth-grader at Barbara Comstock Morse Elementary School, became an avid reader. He loved watching programs about nature and history on the Discovery Channel, and using Google to look up “interesting facts.” His favorite books were the “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series by Rick Riordan.
Moses’ creativity was already evident at a young age. His mother called him a romantic. “Ever since he started writing, he would write love songs and wrote love stories,” she said. “He once told a classmate that when he saw her, ‘his heart was full of flowers.’ ”
Galang said she would miss “everything” about Moses, describing her younger brother as a very sweet, fun and loving person.
“He was my other half, my best friend,” she said. “He would play practical jokes on people. His favorite was when I was not looking, he would kiss me. He knew I didn’t like it, but he would do it and sit there and laugh.”
Moses’ father noted that his son’s best friend used to be bullied at school, and would try to avoid going to class. But since Moses befriended him three years ago, Dajon’s attitude toward school has changed. “(Moses) was an uplifting kid,” said Morris. “He helped to make him whole and accepted by the bullies. (Dajon) went from hating school to loving school.”
Moses also liked sports – he played basketball and wrestled with friends. He was a huge fan of World Wrestling Entertainment. Two weeks before his death, he went with his family to watch the WWE Live Event at Sleep Train Arena.
On Dec. 23, Moses was given permission to go to Shasta Community Park. He and his friend would usually go to the nearby Valley Hi-North Laguna library, where they would read and go online. They were on their way home – about three blocks away – when the accident happened.
Morris said the friend told his mother the two boys had the green light when they crossed Cosumnes. The friend “was already on the curb, and he was reaching back, telling Moses, ‘C’mon,’ and that’s when the car took him out,” Morris said.
The family decided Saturday to donate Moses’ organs. Morris said he got the inspiration when his stepson received blood transfusions at the hospital after the accident.
“The blood came from strangers,” said Morris. “Somebody donated to give life. Who are we to say that we’re not going to pay it forward and try to save some other kid’s life?”
He believes Moses would approve.
“It’s a lasting tribute to Moses,” Morris said. “He was vibrant and full of life.”
In addition to his parents and sister, Moses is survived by a younger brother, Kaleb Morris of Sacramento, grandmother Sheila Levin of Redlands and aunt C’lisa Fort of Hayward.