As search for hit-and-run driver continues, fund set up for victim

As the hunt continues for the man who ran over a San Francisco war veteran with his car on Thanksgiving, a relief fund has been set up for the critically wounded single father.

Albert Bartal, 29, remained in critical condition at San Francisco General Hospital on Monday after the brutal attack. The suspect's mug has become locally famous due to surveillance footage posted on YouTube.

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Bartal, a Cal Fire firefighter who recently served in Iraq, was heartlessly mowed down in the Shell gas station parking lot at Geary Boulevard and Ninth Avenue around 2:45 a.m. Earlier that night, Bartal had argued with the deranged driver at a nearby Jack in the Box.

Police released surveillance video Sunday from the fast food eatery at 11th Avenue and Geary Boulevard. Both men were separated and the victim reportedly left the restaurant.

Police had not made an arrest in the attempted homicide case Monday. They’re hoping the public will offer information about his whereabouts.

Meanwhile, Albert Bartal relief fund has been established, with donations being accepted at the San Francisco Police Credit Union. People may donate at the SFPCU at 2550 Irving St. The account number is 1379608.

Bartal worked as a seasonal firefighter for the past five years at the Saratoga Summit Fire Station in Santa Clara County, according to Capt. Jonathan Cox of Cal Fire. He also served as a Marine for four years and spent time in Iraq.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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