SAUSALITO (KCBS) – The mother of a 16-year-old boy, killed in a traffic accident on Pine Street in San Francisco last month, remains in a coma at San Francisco General Hospital.

Tina Chew is a postal worker with a fairly devoted following along her route in Sausalito. David Noonan heard about the high-speed crash on KCBS, and then found out that the woman left in a coma, whose son was killed, was Chew, his neighborhood’s beloved letter carrier.

“People were just in shock, wanting to do something, not knowing what to do,” said Noonan. “And just feeling bad that somebody that was part of their everyday lives was suddenly not going to be there.”

Noonan said Chew has been a happy, helpful, smiling presence in Sausalito for years, which is why neighbors are tying yellow ribbons around their mailboxes, and have sent hundreds of cards to her hospital room.

“She wasn’t that anonymous person that just drives by and drops off the mail, she was a part of the fabric of the neighborhood and you wanted to know her,” he said.

Neighbors are donating to a medical and funeral expense account for Chew and her family. For those looking to donate, the information is below:

Mr. Hong Man San
c/o Bank of America
ITF Funeral & Medical Expenses
Acct # 325026309075

58-year-old Jennie Zhu was arrested following the crash on the morning of September 27 at Pine and Gough streets. She faces a charge of vehicular manslaughter as police say she was traveling at speeds up to 80 MPH.

Kevin San, a junior at Lincoln High School in San Francisco, was killed in the crash.

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