North Beach Unites Behind Homeless Man Hit by SUV

A man needs help, and North Beach is there for him.

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    A man struck and seriously hurt by a white SUV last week in North Beach was a homeless man -- but a homeless man with a lot of friends, who are uniting behind him.

    Selester "Les" Rowe, 62, was walking across Columbus Avenue at Stockton Street at 11:30 pm last Saturday when he was struck by a white SUV traveling north, according to reports.

    The car did not stop, and Rowe is now at San Francisco General Hospital's ICU unit, clinging to life with severe head and spinal cord injuries, according to SF Weekly.

    He has many friends in North Beach, where he was described as a friendly neighborhood fixture, the newspaper reported.

    He has family in town, but they are in need of a place to stay, according to neighborhood local Paulina Krol, who is organizing funds and help for Rowe.

    A fund has been set up at Citibank for Rowe and his family. Donors can contact the bank at 362-8410 to help.

    Witnesses are also needed to bring the driver of the SUV to justice. The car is a white Chevrolet SUV with license plated ending in "24", the newspaper reported. Call SFPD at 553-9259 to help.