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Fund started for hit-and-run victim

The 77-year-old woman who was struck by a hit-and-run driver on Sept. 30 needs financial help, according to her friend and former neighbor.

Gloria Masafilo was hit by a car early on the morning of Sept. 30, while she was on her way to work, according to her friend of 25 years, Carol Moreno. She was crossing Rengstorff Avenue when she was hit by what investigators believe to be a silver, late-'90s model Honda Accord, police said. Although she is nearing 80, Masafilo works to help make ends meet, Moreno said.

During the accident, both of Masafilo's legs were broken and many of her teeth were knocked out or badly chipped, Moreno said. In her current state, she is unable to work, and according to Moreno, she is likely to begin having trouble with her monthly bills.

In an effort to help her friend, Moreno has started a fund for Masafilo at a local branch of Wells Fargo. Anybody can donate by going into a Wells Fargo branch and asking to donate to the Gloria Masafilo Fund, according to a representative with the bank.

Masafilo is in high spirits, even in the face of such a harrowing event, according to Moreno.

As for the driver of the car, police indicated that they have identified a suspect -- a 28-year-old Mountain View man -- but have not released any further information on that individual.

Comments

Posted by Keeps Happening, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Nov 1, 2013 at 10:46 am

What kind of sick animals are behind the wheels of so many of these cars? You run over an old woman and you LEAVE?!?! We need to start liberally revoking people's licenses.
MV Police, lets get the special task force and start the ticket parade. Some drivers are trying to kill us again by running us over then leaving us for dead.


Posted by MV Mom, a resident of Shoreline West
on Nov 1, 2013 at 2:13 pm

@Keeps Happening:

1. You do realize that revoking someone's license doesn't necessarily keep them off the roads, right?
2. How do you propose revoking the license of someone who can't be found?


Posted by Steve, a resident of another community
on Nov 1, 2013 at 2:16 pm

What kind of person hits an elderly woman, then runs away? A driver with no license, or insurance maybe. Or, dare I even think such thoughts? someone perhaps with no legal right to be in this country?


Posted by ladym, a resident of Rex Manor
on Nov 1, 2013 at 4:32 pm

There was an accident on California St where a car ran the red light hit another car who was making the right turn (who had the right of way) then that car hit a property's front fence. The drivers exchanged information but apparently the driver at fault was not the person he said he was. He could not be found later nor the registered owner of the vehicle at fault(moved out from the address indicated on the police report.) The registered owner was a woman but a witness confirmed that the driver who ran the red light was a man and added that there were about 4-5 people in that vehicle. Insurance company could not do anything about it and both victims (owner of the property and the driver of the other car) were not able to file claims against the driver at fault. Luckily, nobody was injured and the monetary damage was manageable.
Just saying, this s@#t happens in our neighborhood!


Posted by George, a resident of Rex Manor
on Nov 1, 2013 at 7:52 pm

I hope your reporter or editor doesn't try to "move up" in the world of Journalism...
WHERE did this event occur ?
WHAT is the account number at Wells Fargo (I assume the Castro Branch, but not necessarily)
DID the police "indicate" that they identified the culprit? Or DID THEY know who it was? Not both.

Where, What, Who,Why.... remember that ?


Posted by Keeps Happening, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Nov 2, 2013 at 5:53 am

@MV Mom:
>>1. You do realize that revoking someone's license doesn't necessarily keep them off the roads, right?
Right. And writing tickets for red light running won't stop them from doing that either, but you don't propose we stop ticketing them do you? Your point that there is no perfect world is obviously assumed, but thanks for the reminder

>>2. How do you propose revoking the license of someone who can't be found?
That's just the point. Revoke the lic based on aggressive driving behavior. They need to be far more stringent on recognizing aggressives before they kill(tailgaters, brake checkers, speeders, red light runners...We need the to be HARSH punishments for these behaviors, not just a slap on the wrist, or a few hours of on line traffic school. Anyway, you OK with punishing them after they find him? Sheesh, must be the guys wife ;)


Posted by Steve, a resident of another community
on Nov 4, 2013 at 3:38 pm

A start would be a police force that concentrates more on dangerous driving, and less on raising revenue through b******t tickets. But since we can't manage that, we'll just 'calm' traffic until it can't move anymore.


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