Family of Kern County man killed in car crash seeks justice

Jospeh Bistany was killed in a car crash near Tehachapi, Calif., on July 1, 2018. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

Eight days after a car crash caused the death of Joseph Bistany, his family is continuing their quest for answers.

“He was just so loving and perfect, and we just need help,” said Rose Hurd, Bistany’s aunt.

Bistany, 28, was killed July 1 on Tehachapi Willow Springs Road after trying to avoid a head-on collision with a wrong way driver. The driver of the other vehicle has still not been found.

"We don't want to think that he's going to just drive away into the sunset and it's all forgotten and it's all over,” said Hurd.

Bistany has been described as a gentle giant and someone who was always willing to help those in need.

A graduate of Liberty High School, Bistany was a football player and known for his love of comic books and, especially, Batman.

However, despite the sudden tragedy, Bistany’s family says they’re not out for revenge. They just want closure and justice.

"There's a big void, because he was a big presence. There's a big void without Joe at parties, or without him anywhere,” Hurd said.

But most of all, the family says they just want Bistany to be remembered.

"He's worth something," Hurd said. "Joey is worth something to people."

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