Suspect and victim identified in SFPD hit-and-run

Officer Elia Lewin Tankel poses at the Bay Ju Jitsu dojo in San Francisco in this undated image

A San Francisco police officer is in critical condition after he was run down by an SUV while on bicycle patrol. SF police give update after cop hit by carSFPD Officer Elia Lewin-Tankel, a member of the Tenderloin Station bicycle beat was on patrol when he was hit by a vehicle n Turk Street between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street. He is in the intensive care unit at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Lewin-Tankel is a four-year veteran with the department. The collision between the vehicle and the bicycle patrol officer happened around 12:20 p.m. on Turk Street near Franklin, and as we learned yesterday, the suspect is believed to be involved in a firearms case that the officer was investigating. Elia chose to be assigned to Tenderloin Police Station which is one of the busiest, most demanding districts, a testament to his dedication to serving the residents of San Francisco.

Police said after the suspect struck the police officer on Turk Street, he led them on a chase to the Haight.

We learn via the Chronicle that the SUV had a stolen license plate on it, and that the owner of that license plate noticed it missing from their auto around noon yesterday, shortly before the hit-and-run occurred. He was eventually taken into custody at around 3:30 p.m. on the 500 block of Ellis Street in the Tenderloin.

So far, police have not identified the suspect. In 2015, Elia was the recipient of SFPD's Purple Heart Award as the result of an incident in which he was injured as a direct result of actions he took to prevent serious injury or loss of life to members of the community.

According to a statement released by the department, Lewin-Tankel is a respected and well-liked member of the SFPD.

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