Fremont Police announced Tuesday that an anonymous donation by a family friend has led to a $10,000-reward being offered for information leading to an arrest in a hit-and-run case.
Life changed in an instant for John Vigdal, 56, of Fremont, as he was riding his bike to work the morning of Aug. 8, 2013.
According to Fremont Police officers, Vigdal was struck by a hit-and-run driver about 5:42 a.m. as he was headed southbound in the bike lane on Fremont Boulevard near Old Warm Springs Boulevard.
“He had a subdural hematoma so he had quite a bit of bleeding on his brain,” said Alexis Vigdal Fernandez, the victim's daughter. “It was a pretty significant brain injury.”
Fernandez said in additional to the traumatic brain injury, her father suffered numerous broken ribs and fractures to his spine and pelvis.
Fernandez said it was just four month ago when her father walked her down the aisle. Now, she watches him struggle while taking a few simple steps.
“Your dad for so long in your life is the strongest person you know, and to see him vulnerable was really hard,” said Fernandez.
She said doctors likely won't know for a year or two how much her father will recover. Vigdal, an IT service worker and Sharks fan, was in a skilled nursing facility as of Tuesday. He was starting to see some mobility return but was still missing huge chunks of his memory.
“He was upset, like I had gotten married behind his back and stolen those opportunities to be the father of the bride from him,” said Fernandez. “And so I have to remind him he was there.”
This new reality means Alexis has been away from her job, her new husband and their home on the east coast to take care of her dad.
“I'm an only child. My parents are divorced, and he needs me,” said Fernandez.
Investigators said the car involved in the crash was an early to mid-90's black Toyota Camry. It may have been taken to an auto body shop with damage to the front bumper.
Anyone with information was asked to call the Fremont Police Department Traffic Division.
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