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
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.


Oakland Cyclist Remains in Coma Following Hit-and-Run

A photo of Brandon Thomas taken about seven years ago. No one knows for sure how long 23-year-old Brandon Thomas lay bleeding and unconscious before he was discovered in front of his aunt and uncle’s barbershop on San Pablo Avenue near 55th Street the morning of February 4th. He was believed to be riding a […]
A cyclist trying to thread his way through the intersection of San Jose and Dolores. Photo: Dan Crosby

What About Bike Safety During Paving and Construction Projects?

Streetsblog tipster Dan Crosby brought this to our attention: due to road work on San Jose, the intersections with Guerrero and Dolores are even more confusing and dangerous for people on bikes. From Crosby’s email to Streetsblog: There’s been some major (and much-needed) repaving work done recently on San Jose and Guerrero, between Cesar Chavez and […]