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Thursday, Aug 02 2012 09:03 PM

Hit-and-run victim sought adventure

BY REBECCA KHEEL Californian staff writer rkheel@bakersfield.com

Mynor Adolfo "Fofo" Canchan-Barrios' motorcycle had to be green.

It was his favorite color. And it would make him stand out in a crowd. The color was important enough that he drove to Los Angeles to get the right one. A green 1990s Ninja Kawasaki.

"He wanted everyone to know he was coming," said Cristian Barrios, his cousin.

Canchan-Barrios, 22, was killed Tuesday evening when his motorcycle and a Chevrolet Tahoe collided at Chester Avenue and First Street.

The man police say is the driver of the Tahoe, Jose Arreyque-Andrade, 57, was arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of felony hit-and-run, driving with a suspended or revoked license and vehicular manslaughter. A hearing for the hit-and-run is scheduled for today.

On Thursday, he was sentenced to 20 days in jail in a separate case. A warrant was issued in August 2010 when his probation for charges of driving without a license and driving under the influence of alcohol was revoked, said Supervising Deputy District Attorney Michael Yraceburn. Arreyque-Andrade had failed to pay a $1,729 fine.

"Probation is an alternative sentence to a year or six months or whatever the legislature has decided is an appropriate time," Yraceburn said. "He violated that contract when he failed to pay his fine."

Thursday morning, Barrios, the cousin, was with another of Canchan-Barrios' cousins, Luis Barrios, and Luis Barrios' wife, Jessica Barrios, at a memorial set up in front of Popeyes Chicken near the collision site. The display of candles, flowers and posters was amassed the previous night at a three-hour candlelight vigil attended by family, friends and fellow Ruthless Ryderz motorcycle club members.

About a year ago, Canchan-Barrios' love of motorcycles came from "out of the blue," Cristian Barrios said. Since then, it had been his second highest priority. Whenever his motorcycle needed maintenance, that is all he would think about.

But his first priority -- as always -- remained family, Cristian Barrios said. She would see him every day, and the two would just hang out at home, she said.

Jessica Barrios added that Canchan-Barrios would do anything for his 12-year-old sister. He especially liked to see her smile and would try his best to make that happen, Jessica Barrios said.

Outside of motorcycles, one of Canchan-Barrios' favorite activities was camping, Luis Barrios said. Lake Tahoe was usually his go-to camping spot. It had been a while since the two last went camping together, but Canchan-Barrios "would go as much as he could," Luis Barrios said.

"He did not live a sad life," Luis Barrios said.

Luiz Escobar, 22, of Los Angeles, has known Canchan-Barrios since kindergarten and stopped by the memorial Thursday. He had already planned to come to Bakersfield this weekend before he heard Canchan-Barrios died.

The two have been in and out of each other's lives since childhood. But even if they went a while without talking, Escobar said Canchan-Barrios was always in his thoughts.

The last time Escobar and Canchan-Barrios talked was a week ago on Facebook. Canchan-Barrios had posted about going to Universal City. Escobar reminded him that he lived close by.

"I wish I would have said, 'Hey, let's meet up,'" Escobar said.

A love of theme parks fit into Canchan-Barrios' love of adventure, Escobar said. Escobar's first times going to Disneyland and Six Flags Magic Mountain were with Canchan-Barrios. Escobar remembered being too scared to brave any of the rides. But Canchan-Barrios was up for everything, Escobar said.

Escobar said he had worried about Canchan-Barrios' safety since he got the motorcycle.

"I told him to be very careful because I didn't want to see anything about him getting hurt," Escobar said.

A viewing is scheduled for 5 p.m. today at Basham Funeral Care, 3312 Niles St. A wake will immediately follow.

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