OAKLAND -- The family of an East Bay motorcyclist who suffered serious spinal injuries when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver who was later shot by a CHP officer is seeking the public's help to pay the building inspector's medical bills.
A page set up on an online fundraising site says that Rich Fletcher suffered a broken back, damage to his spinal cord and several other broken bones. The fundraising page, set up by a family friend, says that Fletcher could be paralyzed and may never walk again.
The page has already gathered more than $8,000 of the family's goal of $15,000.
Fletcher was driving eastbound on Highway 24 around 3:40 Friday afternoon when he was deliberately struck by 32-year-old David Alcairo of Concord, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Sam Morgan. Alcairo continued eastbound through the Caldecott Tunnel after the collision, Morgan said.
A short time later, a CHP officer investigating the crash spotted Alcairo's car on Wilder Road, just off the highway.
According to Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office spokesman Jimmy Lee, the unidentified CHP officer opened fire on Alcairo as he was "approaching the officer in an aggressive manner and refused to comply with orders." The officer was not injured.
After gathering numerous statements from eyewitnesses, investigators have presented the hit-and-run case to the Alameda County District Attorney's Office, seeking charges of felony attempted murder, felony hit-and-run and mayhem against Alcairo, Morgan said.
An investigation into the officer-involved shooting is ongoing.
Alcairo remained hospitalized Tuesday, according to Lee. Once Alcairo is cleared by medical staff, he will be arrested and booked into an Alameda County jail for the charges he faces in the hit-and-run, Lee said.
To contribute to the Fletcher family's medical fund, go to https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/0cx2/rich-fletcher-s-recovery-fund.