SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – A San Francisco restaurant worker is recovering after thieves intentionally hit him with a car and beat him until he lost consciousness before taking his belongings.
Jose Baez said the theft took place on August 14. He was walking home from work after a night shift at Uncle Boy’s restaurant where he works as a line manager. He said while walking in the crosswalk at the intersection of Geary Boulevard and 3rd Avenue, a car struck him and broke his right leg.
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He said four people jumped out of the car. A man hit him with a glass bottle while he was on the ground before everyone repeatedly punched and kicked him in the head. He said he passed out and woke up in the hospital. His wallet, phone, watch and backpack were all taken.
“When I woke up in the hospital, I remember the doctors sewn up my head. I was drenched in blood. The doctor told me I needed knee surgery and my nose was broken, ”Baez said in Spanish.
He is now recovering at home. It has been more than two weeks since the attack. He said there was still a lot of physical and psychological pain.
“I feel bad because I can’t walk. I depend on someone else to help me go to the bathroom. I am in pain. I have nightmares at night, ”Baez said.
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“For someone who runs over a car and steals you, that’s crazy. I’ve never heard of this before, ”said John Espejo, Uncle Boy’s owner and Baez boss.
Espejo said Baez was very lucky to be alive. He created a GoFundMe page for Baez. As of Friday night, he had raised around $ 33,000 for his medical bills because he had no health insurance.
“He’s always been a great, super nice guy. He’s a hard worker, ”Espejo said.
Doctors told Baez he had a long way to go to recover. He needs at least one more surgery and physical therapy.
“Honestly, I’m not mad at the abusers. I try not to think of them. But I want justice to be done, ”Baez said.
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Baez said police made no arrests. They told him it was under investigation.