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Friend Shares Memories of Man Killed in Motorcycle Accident

A longtime friend of Miracle Moses Leilua Jr. shares his memory of his dear friend, killed in a motorcycle crash near Roosevelt Elementary.

Bay City News Service

A friend of a 23-year-old man killed in a motorcycle crash in Redwood City early Wednesday said his friend was excited by the prospect of a new job.

Redwood City resident Miracle Moses Leilua Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which happened at Roosevelt Avenue and Upton Street, not far from Roosevelt Elementary School, around 1:35 a.m.

Redwood City Police said officers arrived to find two men suffering from serious injuries.

Both were on the motorcycle at the time of the crash, with Leilua believed to be the one driving, police said.

They were traveling west on Roosevelt Avenue when the bike went off the roadway just west of Upton Street and came to rest in the parking lot of a nearby business, Redwood City Police Lt. Sean Hart said.

The second man was taken to a hospital. Hart did not know his condition, and his identity has not yet been released.

It does not appear any other vehicles were involved in the crash, police said.

Childhood friend Gregory Escolta, 23, lives in Las Vegas now but grew up in Redwood City with Leilua, where the two met playing Pop Warner football when they were 8 years old.

Escolta said he saw the Menlo-Atherton High School graduate just a few weeks ago in early February, during a visit to the Bay Area.

Escolta said they remained friends throughout high school even though he went to rival Woodside High School.

"The last time I saw him he was just really happy," Escolta said, adding that he had been well dressed after coming back from a job interview.

Although not family, Escolta said he called Leilua "his cousin" and noted his friend was close with Escolta's parents - who saw him the day before he died, riding his motorcycle through the Redwood City neighborhood.

Escolta said Leilua went by "Moses" or "Mo," although his mother named him "Miracle" because he was born on New Year's Day.

"He was a prankster," Escolta said. "He had this laugh - a loud, crazy, annoying laugh."

A social person, Escolta said Leilua "pretty much got along with everyone."

The crash remains under investigation, and it is unclear whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the accident, according to police.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Redwood City Police Officer Peter Cang at 650-780-7100, ext. 5021.

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Did you know Miracle "Mo" Moses Leilua Jr? If so, share your memories of him in the comments below.

 

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Jayo Castillo February 23, 2013 at 08:54 AM
DAMN, MY CUDDIE MO. I JUST FOUND OUT ABOUT AN HOUR AGO. I CANT BELIEVE THIS. IM STILL IN SHOCK. MO I MISS U BRUH BRUH. U WAS THE REALEST EVER. ALL THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL, U ALWAYS HAD MY BACK. U ALWAYS KEPT ME POSITIVE. I NEVER MET SOMEONE SO FULL OF LIFE. ALWAYS SMILING. I LOVE U BRUH. U WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN! U WAS MY BEST FRIEND BRUH. AND ALWAYS WILL BE. G.hood
Martinique February 23, 2013 at 08:07 PM
Love u n miss u soooo much, man were u bad growing up. My heart hurts. Rest easy Mo, love u
lizzie February 25, 2013 at 04:13 PM
A Friend By Miracle Moses No one is worth your tears and the only one who is will never make you cry, If they ever do, they'll be there to let you lean on their shoulder and you'll tell them the truth you wont have to lie! A friend has always got your back no matter what the concern, A true friend will never leave and put you on the back burner! "Betrayed", "two-faced", "backstabber" should never come out of your mouth while mentioning their name, Even if it is while playing in the park during a fun game! Friends stay together no matter what the weather, If they're really your friend put their name in a circle, not a heart Because hearts can break but circles go on forever!!
lizzie February 25, 2013 at 04:15 PM
A Friend Posted Mar 18 2006 By Moses Leilua Miracle Moses Leilua is 14 years old although he'll be fifteen years old on New Year's Day. He's African American and Samoan and was born in Los Angeles, although he's lived in Redwood City, CA, with a family of four, for most of his life. He goes by Moses or his nickname P.C. aka Prince Charming! If you met him, he thinks you'll agree that it is a very suitable nickname. His hobbies include listening to artists such as Nas, Kanye West, and G-Unit, and he likes playing football, basketball, buying Jamba Juice and jerseys, and writing poetry. He writes poetry to tell about "life" in general, sometimes connecting it to his own life. His goal is have a career in one of the sports that he mentioned and to continue writing poetry. He wrote this piece while attending Stanford Upward Bound's summer program.
Roger Tonna February 26, 2013 at 12:48 AM
Moses was a character, and simply a great guy. I knew him for many years, and always he had such warm and friendly personality to him. God Bless Mosses!! -C. Roger Tonna

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