[UPDATED BELOW] Gah! One of my favorite SF nightlife people, DJ Toph One, is in intensive care at SF General after being struck by a hit-and-run driver while bicycling on Sunday morning. As reported yesterday by SF Appeal:
"The bicyclist was struck shortly after midnight [Sun/8] near the corner of Ocean and Geneva avenues near City College of San Francisco, San Francisco police officer Albie Esparza said.
"Witnesses said the vehicle involved in the collision fled the scene."
I've just now learned that the victim is Toph -- a longtime bike activist and producer of such quintessential long-running parties as Red Wine and Pepper.
Police are encouraging anyone with information about the incident to call the anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411
Toph's friend Spider Davila, who himself was the victim of an awful hit-and-run in 2006, posted this on Toph's Facebook wall:
"Friends of DJ TophOne/Toph: Our homie was in bicycle crash and broke his pelvis. He is currently at SFGH in the ICU.
Send him your well wishes telepathically or on his FB page. DO NOT CALL the hospital. The abundance of calls is interfering with the staff's ability to care for him. He currently is unable to receive visitors, as well. Check his FB page: Toph Kerpan Evans for updates and start thinking about the awesome fundraiser we're gonna through him."
We hope Toph gets well soon and the asshole gets caught. I'll be posting about benefits as soon as details come in.
UPDATE, 7 p.m.: This was just posted by DJ Wisdom:
"Toph is in good spirits. broken pelvis and possibly internal bleeding! they will probably operate soon too fix up the pelvis."
UPDATE, 9 p.m.: Toph's friend Gina comments below:
"I just got off the phone with a very nice nurse at the hospital. She said Toph is doing good but they will not let anyone speak with him because he needs his rest. They might operate tonight or tomorrow she said. Toph has been hit before and I am certain he will recover from this. Send all your love & good vapors for his speedy recovery. Perhaps we need to think about doing a benefit sometime soon.
Stay safe on the mean streets of SF my biker friends."
UPDATE, Tuesday, 8 a.m.: Toph's friend Kenya just posted the below comment to his FB wall -- seems like Toph's doing well. I'll post again if there's any major change and blog any upcoming fundraisers:
"i'll head back to sfgh, as soon as toph can have visitors. he's currently in icu. we're trying to share news here to make sure the nurses can focus on helping toph get better. so, still no calls for now -- please.
by sunday toph had already made friends with the sfgh crew and they were taking really good care of him. the ortho said he'd need reconstructive surgery this week, then 6-10 weeks of pt -- and seemed confident toph would be okay. toph's first response was to be sad to hear about surgery -- then work back from June and get stoked he'd be better in time for AIDS Ride."
UPDATE: PUBLIC WORKS BENEFIT INFO
A benefit for Toph has just been announced for Fri/20 at Public Works, 9pm-3am with J Boogie, Brass Tax Crew, Guillermo (Sweater Funk), Kirk The Selector (Sweater Funk), Chris Orr, and E Da Boss: all proceed go toward Toph's recovery. See you there!
UPDATE: SOM BENEFIT INFO