Friends of St. Paul Hit-and-Run Victim Call on Driver to Come Forward

December 07, 2017 10:31 AM

Friends of a St. Paul restaurant worker seriously injured in a hit-and-run incident early Sunday morning are calling for the driver to come forward.

The St. Paul Brasa Rotisserie location posted to Facebook Sunday night that one of its employees was struck by an SUV while leaving work on his bike. According to the post, the man - identified by friends as Jose Hernandez - had finished his shift at the location on Grand Avenue early Sunday morning and was on his bike, heading home.


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He was wearing his helmet and a lit headlamp, according to the restaurant. The employee was riding his bike through the intersection of Grand Avenue and 7th Street West when the driver of an SUV ran a red light and hit him without stopping.

Pedestrian and Bike Crash Data - City of St. Paul

2017 Crash Stats: Jan. 1, 2017 through Nov. 14, 2017

Pedestrians Bicyclists
Crashes: 177 Crashes: 94
Injuries: 147 Injuries: 68
Fatalities: 3  

Source: St. Paul police 

Kyle Schamblin, a friend of Hernandez, said he is on life support, and he hopes the driver comes forward. 

"Whoever hit Jose, please have compassion and care and emotion for being a decent human being and step forward," Shamblin said. "We need justice for Jose, and his friends of family will not rest until we have it."

Police report the vehicle "is believed to be a tan or beige SUV with front-end damage." Anyone with information about the vehicle or driver is asked to call 651-291-1111.

St. Paul police statistics show the number of pedestrian crashes is up by 20 from 2016, though the number of bicycle-vehicle crashes is down by 23, from 117 in 2016 to 94 in 2017.

A GoFundMe page has been established in Hernandez's name. 


Rebecca Omastiak

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