SFPD Officer Elia Lewin-Tankel (Courtesy Kathryn McEachern via GoFundMe).

SFPD Officer Elia Lewin-Tankel (Courtesy Kathryn McEachern via GoFundMe).

Fundraiser for SFPD officer struck by fleeing suspect raises $39K

A fundraiser for the San Francisco police officer sent to the hospital with serious injuries after a suspect hit him while fleeing police has raised at least $40,000 as of Sunday morning.

Elia Lewin-Tankel, 32, suffered serious head trauma Oct. 18 when a suspect struck him with a stolen vehicle during a police chase near Civic Center.

Lewin-Tankel, who was riding his bicycle in the chase, has since undergone surgery to remove part of his skull and manage the swelling of his brain, according to the GoFundMe campaign from Kathryn McEachern.

“Elia is making slow, but incremental progress,” McEachern wrote. “We are buoyed by the changes we see every day. It will be a long recovery, but he has a fighting spirit and we know he will persevere.”

SEE RELATED: SFPD officer seriously injured in hit-and-run collision

The fundraiser is for Lewin-Tankel’s wife, Shideh Etaat, a public school teacher at Mission High School whose paid-time off is running short, according to McEachern.

Visit this link to view the fundraiser.Crime

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

A view of Science Hall at the City College of San Francisco Ocean campus on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
CCSF begins search for next chancellor amid new challenges

‘It’s arguably the biggest single responsibility the board has,’ trustee says

Some people are concerned that University of California, San Francisco’s expansion at its Parnassus campus could cause an undesirable increase in the number of riders on Muni’s N-Judah line.<ins></ins>
Will UCSF’s $20 million pledge to SFMTA offset traffic woes?

An even more crowded N-Judah plus increased congestion ahead cause concern

Music producer Phil Spector looks up during his murder trial in Superior Court July 10, 2007 in Los Angeles. (Gabriel Bouys-Pool/Getty Images/TNS)
Phil Spector, visionary music producer convicted in notorious murder, dies at 81

Phil Spector, the visionary record producer who revolutionized pop music in the… Continue reading

Toni Isabella, a counselor at Ohlhoff Recovery Programs, finds helpful assistance from service dog Barker Posey.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Toni Isabella: Helping people indoors and out recover from addiction’s dark side

Counselor supports holistic, progressive approach to healing

In recognition of recent news surrounding Donald Trump, here are two peach drinks: Frozy Navel, left, and Peach Gin Fizz. (Saul Sugarman/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Impeached twice? Try these two peach cocktails

Mix these up and toast in hopes of more laughs, lighter times in 2021

Most Read