Family of critically injured San Francisco bicycle officer asks for ‘good energy and prayers’
The San Francisco police officer who while working on bicycle patrol was run over and severely injured by a fleeing suspect in a sport utility vehicle is a five-year department veteran who has been recognized repeatedly for outstanding work, department officials said Thursday.
Officer Elia Lewin-Tankel, 32, remained in critical condition at San Francisco General Hospital on Thursday, where doctors performed emergency surgery on him following Wednesday’s incident.
Lewin-Tankel, who works out of Tenderloin Station on Eddy Street, was on his bicycle when a suspect in a gun-related case ran him down in a stolen Lexus SUV at about 12:30 p.m. on Turk Street between Franklin Street and Van Ness Avenue, just a few blocks from City Hall, police said.
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San Francisco police say they have taken a suspect into custody after an officer on a bicycle was struck by a hit-and-run driver this afternoon.
The suspect, Maurquise Johnson, 50, drove off and abandoned his car about a mile and a half to the east at Central and Fell streets, prompting an hours-long manhunt of surrounding areas, police said.
Johnson was taken into custody about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday on Ellis Street, officials said, before being booked into county jail on suspicion of attempted murder, reckless driving, hit and run, resisting arrest and driving without a license.
Police Department officials did not detail Lewis-Tankel’s injuries but described his condition as “grave.” His…