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by: Amanda Hari

Posted: May 9, 2021 / 8:34 PM PDT
Updated: May 9, 2021 / 9:12 AM PDT

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – The San Francisco Police Department are seeking help from the public in locating anyone involved in a violent car theft.

It happened just after 1 a.m. on April 7 near Geary and Stockton Streets.

The owner of the car suffered life-threatening injuries and was just leaving the hospital.

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The victim is 65 years old, he is retired but has been very active before.

His sister-in-law says he’s a good man, but now his life has changed forever.

“It’s heartbreaking, it’s literally heartbreaking,” she said. “He’s not the same man.”

Richard Mead lived his life as a dockworker – he called the Bay Area his home.

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During his retirement years, he began collecting and recycling scrap metal.

This is what his sister-in-law Alesha Boyd said on the night of April 7th.

He was near Geary and Stockton in San Francisco when his life changed forever.

“As far as he can remember, he remembers looking over at his truck and seeing someone there. So he approached the truck and said, ‘Hey, what’s up? ‘and the person started the truck and Richard jumped on the hood of the vehicle. “

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But that didn’t stop the suspect.

“The young man accelerated, hit the brakes and Richard fell off the hood of the vehicle and ran him over with the vehicle, crushing his skull and face and breaking his back in two places,” she said.

Mead needed six hours of brain surgery.

“There was cerebrospinal fluid leaking from his nose,” Boyd said. There was also bleeding in the brain. Richard’s injuries were explained to us as a frontal lobotomy. “

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Surgeons have reassembled his skull with bolts and plates, but he has lost some of his vision and hearing.

Boyd says they’re not sure he’ll ever recover.

“Today he needs care, constant care,” she said.

The San Francisco police video shows the suspect and a person of interest.

While Mead and his family hope the suspects will be caught, he doesn’t want them to go to jail.

“Richard has great empathy and compassion for the people who perpetrated this violence against him,” said Boyd. “He says he imagines standing in front of a judge and telling the judge that he believes these people need rehabilitation too.”

KRON4 is told that Mead is trying to stay positive and he assures his family that he is getting stronger every day.