Cal Poly staffer in critical condition after intoxicated driver hit her

November 13, 2018

The woman who was knocked unconscious on a San Luis Obispo street by an alleged DUI driver on Friday is a Cal Poly staff member. [Cal Coast Times]

Shortly before 7 a.m. Friday, Lilianne Tang, 26, was crossing the street at the intersection of Johnson Avenue and Monterey Street when she was struck by a vehicle. Officers arrived and found Tang lying unconscious and unresponsive in the intersection, according to police.

Following the accident, police determined the driver, 53-year-old San Luis Obispo man Christopher Boyle, was under the influence of drugs. Boyle was also driving with a suspended license, police say.

A GoFundMe page that is raising money for Tang’s medical expenses states she suffered a few broken ribs and a bruised lung, which requires her to be intubated. Tang was initially taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, then airlifted to a hospital in Fresno because of the severity of her injuries.

The Cal Poly staffer underwent surgery to repair her hip, as well as her tibia and fibula. Tang then had to undergo an unexpected surgery because she contracted a bowel infection, according to the GoFundMe page.

Doctors had planned an additional surgery, as well. Tang is currently communicating through writing, the GoFundMe page states.

Cal Poly’s website lists Tang as a coordinator for the university’s Cross Cultural Centers. Over three days, The GoFundMe has raised more than $21,000 for her medical bills.

Police arrested Boyle for felony DUI and driving with a suspended license. Boyle remains in the San Luis Obispo County Jail with his bail set at $100,000, according to the sheriff’s office website.

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Sheesh! The poor lady was hit by a druggy and left for dead and all of the commenters are arguing about her insurance plan.

Godspeed your recovery, Miss Tang!

Let the drunk pay for her expenses.

“the driver, 53-year-old San Luis Obispo man Christopher Boyle, was under the influence of drugs”

Er, not drunk, probably high.

Sad state of affairs when citizens in the supposed greatest country on earth have to resort to e-begging to pay for the expenses incurred by being in an accident

What do you suggest? Single-payer?

If Lilianne Tang is a Cal Poly staffer she has great medical coverage and I am sitting her thinking why is the GOFUNDME necessary. Health Insurance is a benefit given by the taxpayers to all California Public employees and you can only opt out if you are covered under a spouse’s insurance, but you still must be insured.

Maybe to recoup for the time off work and seek legal advice for any unforeseen losses due to walking in the City of San Luis Obispo. Who knows why, this might interesting and an education to follow.

Since the story referenced medical bills I think the premise of recouping lost wages is incorrect. Agree on the idea that this will be an interesting case to follow.

I wonder if this may be one of the first cases of a “medical” or recreational case of an impaired driver?

Definitely not first