Pavillion owner recovering from hit-and-run

Website taking donations and fundraisers planned to help pay medical bills for Dan Friessen

DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer taffet@dallasvoice.com

Dan Friessen
Dan Friessen

Barbara’s Pavillion owner Dan Friessen is out of the hospital and recovering after being struck by a hit-and-run driver about 6 p.m. on Dec. 9 as he was walking from his car toward the bar, located at 325 Centre St. in Oak Cliff.

According to police , Friessen was crossing the street, but not at a crosswalk. A Honda only described as gray or silver hit him and threw him 45 feet into a parked car.

The driver fled without rendering aid or leaving identification.

Three witnesses from Dallas Can Academy across the street saw the incident but did not get a license plate number.

Friessen was rushed to Methodist Hospital where he was admitted to intensive care with multiple injuries that were not life threatening.

He had surgery to repair his facial injuries. His jaw is wired shut since the surgery and he remains on a liquid diet.

Because of injuries to his ankle, he was unable to stand unassisted.

On Dec. 12, he was released from the hospital and on Monday, he stopped by the bar.

Friessen has no insurance. A website, HelpOutDan.com, and a Facebook page called “Help Out Dan Friessen” have been created to assist with the cost of medication and to help cover medical bills. Other fundraisers are planned.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 17, 2010.

—  Michael Stephens

Owner of Barbara’s Pavillion in intensive care after being struck by hit-and-run driver

Dan Friessen, an owner of Barbara’s Pavillion in Oak Cliff, was struck by a hit-and-run driver outside the bar at about 6 p.m. today.

He was rushed to nearby Methodist Hospital where he was admitted to ICU with multiple injuries that were not life-threatening. Speaking by phone, an employee of the bar said Friessen had a broken nose, fractured left cheek and injuries around the eye but no head trauma. He also has multiple fractures in one ankle.

An eyewitness from the nearby Can Academy reported that the car that hit Friessen was a khaki-colored Honda. A Dallas police spokesman couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

—  David Taffet