The man accused of intentionally running over a Cal Fire firefighter in 2011 after a fight at a Richmond district Jack in the Box was convicted by a jury Wednesday, the District Attorney’s Office said.
Jurors found Eduardo Chaparo-Esquivel, who was 22 at the time of the incident, guilty of torture, mayhem and assault with a deadly weapon with an enhancement for causing great bodily injury, spokesman Max Szabo said. The victim’s been in a coma since the incident, which happened the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
Chaparo-Esquivel intentionally struck the victim, Albert Bartal, age 29 at the time, in a gas station parking lot at a speed of about 35 mph, Szabo said. Bartal was thrown into the air and landed head first on the curb. He hasn’t regained consciousness since. Bartal at the time was a single parent with a 2-year-old child.
Just a few minutes prior to the incident, Chaparo-Esquivel and Bartal argued inside the Geary Boulevard restaurant. Chaparo-Esquivel reportedly said to employees “Give me my food I’m going to run him over” and “I’m going to fuck him up,” according to the District Attorney’s Office.
“This victim dedicated his life to saving others,” District Attorney George Gascon said of Bartal, “so it’s incredibly tragic that he lost so much as a result of a minor dispute.”
Chaparro-Esquivel’s scheduled to be sentenced May 6.