Girlfriend of man accused of striking firefighter is accused of coverup

The girlfriend of the man accused of ramming and critically injuring a firefighter with a rented sport utility vehicle in San Francisco’s Richmond district is being charged with attempting to cover up the heinous crime, according to prosecutors.

Alyssa Tejada, 22, of Vallejo, is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday for accessory after the fact in connection with the horrific attempted murder on Thanksgiving morning.

It was not immediately known how Tejada allegedly tried to cover up the crime. More details could come to light during the arraignment, Assistant District Attorney Omid Talai said Tuesday.

Tejada’s boyfriend, Eduardo Shaparo Esquivel, 22, of South San Francisco, has been charged with running over Albert Bartal, 29, with the rented SUV at a Shell gas station on Geary Boulevard following a fight at a nearby Jack in the Box restaurant.

Police working on a tip found the rental, a black 2011 Mazda CX-7, in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood. Cops said it had front-end damage, and they impounded it as part of their investigation.

Bartal, a Cal Fire firefighter, single father and Iraq war veteran, suffered severe head trauma after the brutal act.

Surveillance video in the Jack in the Box helped police identify and capture Esquivel.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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