Francisco with his care team at UC Davis Health

Unidentified patient to be reunited with family thanks to community help

A hit-and-run victim could not remember who he was. With help from the CHP, UC Davis and the community, he is about to be reunited with loved ones.


Francisco had no ID and no memory of who he was, where he lived or whether he had any family when he was brought by an ambulance to the UC Davis emergency department on Aug. 24. Last Friday, he was discharged from UC Davis Medical Center after 88 days of hospitalization. He will be reunited with family back in Mexico.

Francisco with his care team at UC Davis Health

“God bless all of you and how much you help me,” Francisco told his primary nurse on Friday.

Francisco had been found at the corner of Fulton and Marconi in Sacramento’s Arden-Arcade area. He was believed to have been hit by a car and sustained a head injury. His story was covered by numerous media outlets in English and Spanish. The CHP and UC Davis social workers worked tirelessly for weeks to sift through tips that flooded in from the community.

After extensive searching and follow up, his identity was confirmed on Sept. 23. The team also successfully identified his family in Mexico.

“His family members are thrilled to be reunited with him,” said Joleen Lonigan, executive director of Patient Care Services at UC Davis Medical Center. “Thank you to the community for their help in identifying him. It has changed this man and his family’s life.”