SUV found in hit-and-run that injured San Francisco fireman

Police working on a tip Thursday found the sport utility vehicle that they say was intentionally used to ram and critically injure a San Francisco war hero Thanksgiving morning.

Investigators had learned Wednesday that the SUV was a rented black 2011 Mazda CX-7 that had not been returned.

About 4:15 p.m. Thursday, police located the vehicle near West Point and Middle Point roads in the Bayview neighborhood. Cops said it had front-end damage, and they impounded it as part of their investigation.

Eduardo Shaparo Esquivel, a 22-year-old South San Francisco resident, has been charged in the incident. He was arrested at his home late Tuesday after allegedly running over Albert Bartal, 29, of San Francisco at a Richmond district gas station last week. Bartal is a Cal Fire firefighter and single father.

The two men had gotten into a fight at the Jack in the Box restaurant at 11th Street and Geary Boulevard. Bartal reportedly left the eatery and walked two blocks to the Shell gas station before Esquivel allegedly rammed him with the SUV and fled.

A police officer recognized Esquivel in video surveillance footage captured inside the Jack in the Box, which led to his arrest.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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