Navarrete was driving home after working a Friday night shift around at Zocalo’s University Village location around 12:30 a.m. when he was hit at the intersection of El Camino Avenue and Evergreen Street.
The driver who allegedly hit Navarrete is 38-year-old Xoury Soukouang. He has been charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and is currently booked at the Sacramento County Jail on $350,000 jail.
Navarrete’s friends and co-workers remember their friend as a hard-working, loving person with the most infectious smile.
“He was the light of everyone’s life. He literally lit up the bar,” Jewel Carbone, who manages Zocalo-UV, said.
Nestor Jimenez, who worked with Navarrete for more than six years, said he had the best smile “hands down.”
“Best smile of all three Zocalos,” he said. “No one competes with that.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for Navarrete’s funeral expenses.
In addition, Zocalo has created a cocktail in his honor called “La Sonrisa,” which means “the smile” in Spanish. It will be sold at all three Zocalo locations this week. Proceeds will go to Navarrete’s family.