24 HOURS: Dutch Bros. ‘broista’ at 12 a.m.
A popular barista and assistant manager for Dutch Bros. Coffee was killed in Wednesday evening's motorcycle crash in Richland.
Zade Hakki, 22, was driving his motorcycle east on Center Parkway at 5:30 p.m. when he collided in the Steptoe Street intersection with a Dodge Ram truck turning left onto Steptoe, said Richland police Sgt. Drew Florence.
Police are still trying to determine what happened. They need to compile witness statements, check traffic camera footage and review other evidence, Florence said.
The pickup driver, Owen Clark, 40, of Kennewick, was not injured.
Hakki of Richland was well known for his work for Dutch Bros. Coffee. He was the assistant manager at the Columbia Center Boulevard location.
The Herald featured him in March 2016 in a series about 24 hours in our community.
Then 19, the Southridge High grad was working the graveyard shift at the West Clearwater Avenue location and was putting smiles on the faces of his drive-up customers.
He had become a certified personal trainer and was working in retail, when he made the switch to Dutch Bros.
He told a story about one late-night connection with a customer. They talked for 45 minutes and then had to cut it off when another car pulled up.
"I was just telling him how awesome it was to talk to him, how I love talking to people like this," he told the Herald.
And then the man stopped and told him, " 'I was going to kill myself tonight,' " he recalled. " '... Thank you so much for talking to me and making me feel like someone cares about me.' "
Hakki was glad to be doing some good, from his side of the window.
"A cup of coffee will make someone's day," he said at the time. "I get to talk to (people) and make them happy."
Hakki was engaged to be married.
"He had a fabulous smile and made people around him feel special and important. He was a great friend to many people and left us too fast," one member of the family told the Herald.
Customers and co-workers also commented about Hakki.
A fundraiser for his funeral expenses is set up on GiveHope.
Reporter Sara Schilling contributed to this report.