The elderly woman who was hit by a drunk driver on the evening of June 8 has finally been identified. Recovering in San Francisco General Hospital with life-threatening injuries, the woman was unable to tell police who she was. Her family visited her in the hospital last Friday and were able to prove her identity. However, they are maintaining secrecy and not responding to media requests for interviews.
According to police reports, the woman is in her 70s or 80s and of Asian descent. The pedestrian accident occurred just before midnight on Van Ness Avenue in the Polk Gulch neighborhood. As the woman crossed the street against the red light and outside the safety of a crosswalk, she was hit by a car. She is still listed in critical condition, according to the hospital's spokeswoman.
The victim suffered head trauma and several injuries to her extremities. She has had to undergo several surgeries already.
The 41-year-old male motorist, also from San Francisco, who hit the woman was arrested and charged with drinking and driving charges.
Even thought the woman was crossing the street illegally, drunk driving trumps jay walking. The victim will have monstrous medical bills after such a long stay n the hospital. Due to her age and severity of her injuries, she may never fully recover and be able to live independently again. Because the state of California also takes a strong position against drunk driving, it allows victims and their families to claim punitive damages for injuries arising from an accident like this one that could have easily been prevented.
Source: sfweekly.com, "Jane Doe Hit by Alleged Drunk Driver Identified," Erin Sherbert, June 18, 2012