A San Francisco Bay Area firefighter and former Marine remains in critical condition after being intentionally run over by a car late Thanksgiving night following an argument at a local Jack in the Box fast food restaurant.
Twenty-nine-year old single father Albert Bartal reportedly got into a physical altercation with a still unidentified another at around 3:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving night. After the two were separated by bystanders, Bartal reportedly left for a nearby Shell station.
Huffington Post reports that the other man immediately followed Bartal to the gas station in his Mazda CX, ramming the former Marine with his SUV before fleeing the scene.
Bartal suffered traumatic brain injures as a result of the crash and was taken to San Francisco General Hospital.
“This is a horrible experience that no fireman or police officer would ever want to have to go through,” Justin Scheef , director of the San Mateo-Santa Cruz Chapter of the CDF Firefighter’s Union, told CBS San Francisco.
“The nice thing is that everyone bands together during these times and it’s one brotherhood.”
Below is CCTV footage captured at the scene:
Police have described the suspect as a mixed race or Latin male, 18-24 years old, with short black hair and a manicured beard. Once captured, the suspect will likely be charged with attempted murder and assault.
“Our main concern is his well-being and recovery,” Cal Fire Captain Jonathan Cox told the San Francisco Examiner, “and assisting SFPD in their ongoing investigation.”
According to Huffpo, Bartal is a San Francisco native who rose to the rank of sergeant during his four years in the U.S. Marine Corps. Father of a two-year old, Bartal has spent the past five years as a seasonal firefighter at the Santa Clara County’s Saratoga Summit Fire Station.
The Albert Bartal relief fund has been established: C/O the San Francisco Police Credit Union. People may make donations at the SFPCU 2550 Irving Street, CA. 94122 (Account # 1379608)