Michael Schaupp, 36, was fatally struck at around 1:35 p.m. when a woman driving a 1994 Ford pulled in front of him while traveling north on Highway 17 near Idylwild Road in Los Gatos, the California Highway Patrol said.
Schaupp, riding a 1996 Honda, was traveling at normal traffic speed, the CHP said, but the impact threw him 20 feet onto the west edge of southbound Highway 17.
After coming to a stop, however, the woman fled the scene on northbound Highway 17 toward Los Gatos and about five minutes later the Ford was located near the Bear Creek Road off ramp abandoned, the CHP added.
The CHP is continuing to look for the driver and has leads, but would not release any additional information about the driver Thursday.
On Wednesday, her goal was to raise $10,000. As of early Friday morning, the campaign had raised more than $3,000.
"We lost a very special person today. Mike was a wonderful man full of life and as s always smiling making this ugly world look so beautiful," she wrote on the page. "We are still asking for donations to help his loved ones through this difficult time. We will also be doing several tribute shows in his honor so we will keep you posted on Facebook."
Those who may have witnessed the crash are asked to contact the CHP at 408-467-5400.
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