Oakland Cyclist Injured in Hit-and-Run Breathing on His Own

Last week, I wrote about an Oakland cyclist, Brandon Thomas, who was critically injured in a hit-and-run crash on San Pablo near 55th Street. We got an email update on his condition from his mother, Stella Thomas:

Good news about Brandon's condition. Monday they removed all of the breathing tubes in his mouth and replaced it with a tracheotomy. They also replaced the feeding tube in his stomach. BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS THIS WEEK THEY TOOK HIM OFF OF THE VENTILATOR AND HE IS BREATHING COMPLETELY ON HIS OWN. All of his vital signs appear to be stable. He opened his eyes about 1-1/2 weeks ago. Still in the coma, so he can't focus yet, but I feel it coming!!!!!! I know that we still have very long way to go, but I am grateful for every little positive step that he takes.

Oakland Police Officer Michael Cardoza, whose investigating the case, sent us a brief update on the investigation today:

I've followed up on several leads with little success.  Several have called in to report similar vehicles.  All vehicles I've checked do not pan out.  Unfortunately, I've had very little assistance with any witnesses who may have seen the accident and just don't want to do the right thing and call in. 

The vehicle is described as a red Toyota pick-up with wooden panels and right bumper and fender damage. Anyone with information should call Cardoza at 510-867-7111.