San Francisco bartender seriously injured by hit-and-run driver – CBS San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) – A San Francisco bartender is battling her life in hospital after she was hit by a getaway driver about three weeks ago while riding her bicycle home.
Alexandra “Alex” Tamez had left her job on her bike at San Francisco’s famed Waterbar restaurant on February 10 when she was struck. San Francisco police said it happened on Third Street near Fairfax Avenue in the Bayview at 12:35 a.m.
She was left with traumatic brain damage. The driver left.
“The shock, the sadness, it’s very traumatic,” Tamez’s mother, Lisa Quiroz, said. “I’m so worried, I’m still so worried.”
Tamez was in intensive care at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and just this week emerged from a medically induced coma.
She suffered a fractured skull, jaw and ribs. Her mother says she faces a very long road to recovery.
“She has tons of friends, very outgoing. She loves hiking and just learned to scuba dive. She’s learning Italian on her own,” Quiroz added.
Tamez’s Waterbar family is devastated. She has been a bartender there for three years.
“She’s the kind of employee who shows up in a really good mood with a smile on her face and really good energy and someone who lifts the spirits of everyone around her,” said Pete Sittnick, managing partner of Waterbar.
Sittnick said he spoke with the witness who came to Tamez’s aid.
“This guy is a great human being because he heard the sound and ran to see what had happened. He got a description of the car, but when he saw Alex he immediately called 911 and probably saved his life,” Sittnick said.
San Francisco police released a file photo of the getaway driver’s car. A black Nissan Altima sedan with a model year between 2013 and 2016. The car suffered damage to the passenger side front bumper.
“If anyone has any information, please call the police and let them know,” Quiroz said. “We are talking here about a human life. She’s my daughter and it could happen to anyone.
Waterbar said he will be creating a drink in Tamez’s honor next week and the proceeds will go to the GoFundMe account they set up for her to help cover her medical bills.