OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Thursday night was supposed to be a big night for Oscar Jimenez and his family. They found out weeks ago they would be given an award at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Gala.
Oscar was killed after taking an Uber home from a party in September. At one point he didn't feel well and asked the driver to pull over. That's when police say a 19-year-old woman hit and killed Jimenez. Investigators say she'd been drinking.
Although Oscar is gone, his dad accepted an award in his honor.
"I'll think of my son every single minute," Martin Jimenez said.
It has only been two days since Jimenez laid his son to rest. It's seemed impossible for the family to go back to life as they knew it, as they're reminded of their son at every turn.
The 24-year-old worked alongside his dad as a machinist at Martin's shop. Martin tried to go back to the shop, but broke down.
"I was hanging some pictures of him. Started crying again. Couldn't control myself. I'm gonna miss Oscar. My son, my best friend," Jimenez said.
If only for a moment, Thursday night, it seemed Martin's best friend was still with him. The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce told the family they would be given the small business award and came out to shoot a video weeks ago.
Just as Oscar had his dad's back in life, he sat behind him throughout the whole video as an emotional crowd watched.
As Martin walked up to accept his award, he says his son was with him.
"Oscar I'm here for you to receive this award, I love you. You will live in our hearts, I will miss you the rest of my life."
The Jimenez family is giving all funds donated in Oscar's name to Mother's Against Drunk Driving.
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