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Beloved restaurant worker dies 11 days after hit-and-run

Jose Hernandez Solano was biking home from work when he was hit by a car.

For 11 days, Jose Hernandez Solano fought for his life at Regions Hospital

Bones up and down his body were broken – including a crushed and severed spine. Two surgeries addressed swelling in his brain, which had severe damage.

Police still don't know who drove into Solano as he biked home – helmet on and headlamp lit – from work at St. Paul's Brasa Rotisserie early on Nov. 26. 

On Thursday, the 52-year-old Solano died from the horrific injuries he sustained that night.

"This morning we share with a heavy heart that our friend and co-worker Jose Hernandez has passed away," an update on a GoFundMe page set up for Solano says. St. Paul police also confirmed his death. 

Solano's family put him on the organ donor list, the GoFundMe says, adding the generous act "truly reflects the spirit of a wonderful man."

His body will be transported to his place of birth, San Luis De La Paz, Guanajuato, Mexico. The more than $16,000 donated to the GoFundMe effort so far will be to cover that cost, as well as to pay for the funeral and support his family.

According to a spokesperson, St. Paul Police are still looking for a Hyundai Santa Fe that sped through a red light and struck Solano. Anyone who might have information is asked to call 651-266-5727.

Christos Greek Restaurant, where Solanos had also worked, said a "great sense of humor" set him apart from others

"He knew how to tease co-workers, just enough to get a smile out of them without offending them," the restaurant team said. "For a man of few words, he had a superb understanding of the people around him. There was always laughter when Jose was at work."

We "truly hope that the guilty person Is brought to justice," they added.

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