GARFIELD RIDGE — After a train struck one of the neighborhood’s favorite pizza makers, his friends and family are rallying to raise money to pay for his medical expenses with a GoFundMe campaign.
Nick Fox, a 52-year-old pizza man who has worked at Obbie’s Pizza for more than two decades, was riding his bike home from St. Daniel’s carnival Sunday night when he was hit by a train.
The accident happened at 60th and Narragansett and landed Fox in the hospital with broken pelvic bones and bleeding on the brain, according to his cousin, Maria Molinaro.
He is now in a medically induced coma to allow his brain to heal, but doctors are unsure if he’ll be able to walk again.
“His vitals are better than they were,” Molinaro said. “The next 48 hours are crucial,”
For the past two decades, Fox has been a popular character in the neighborhood.
If you’ve ever walked into Obbie’s Pizza at 6654 W. Archer Ave. to pick up an order, you’ve probably seen Fox planting pieces of sausage into a sauced-up circle of dough before sliding it into the oven.
“He’s the first person you see when you walk in there. He’s a good guy,” Molinaro said. “He’s a hard worker and just a really nice guy…”
As of Tuesday morning, Fox's GoFundMe page had raised $5,800.
“I don't live in the neighborhood anymore, but most of my family does so I always remember seeing Nick’s face through the Obbie’s window,” wrote Nora Feely on the page. “Nick is one of the neighborhood trademarks so to speak… I make sure when I visit, I bring at least one [pizza] home with me.”
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