Benefit tonight for local auto-vs.-bike crash victim

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On the morning of March 13, the driver of a car — described by witnesses as likely a Lincoln MKZ or a similar model — hit a cyclist at the corner of Liberty and Mathilda in Bloomfield. The driver fled the scene and was never caught; the victim, a longtime member of the local arts and music scene named MJai, sustained serious injuries, including a broken femur.

Tonight, friends and supporters have put together a benefit show at the Mr. Roboto Project to help defray the costs of MJai's treatment and medical needs. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7; bands include The Frantic Heart of It, Robin Vote, Chaibaba and Pairdown. It's a sliding-scale donation, from $5-15.

There'll also be a bike ride prior to the show, starting at Dippy the Dinosaur by the Carnegie Museums in Oakland at 5:30, and ending at Roboto.

For those who can't make it tonight but want to donate, there's a link on this website to do so.

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