William Frank Kidney, 33, also known as BillyClub Organ on Facebook, was walking home Sunday morning from Rich’s Nightclub on University Avenue.
He decided that it was a nice enough night for a stroll; something he says he’s done plenty of times before. He left the club at about 3 am Sunday morning.
Kidney says that he was sober and steady enough to make the hike which was only about 11 blocks away. He recalls making his way down Louisiana Street just seconds from Polk with his phone in hand, but intuitively decided to put it away.
“I heard a group of guys,” he told SDGLN. “There were plenty of other people walking nearby so I decided to stop texting and put my phone in my back pocket.”
As he approached Polk, that’s when Kidney said a fist came out of nowhere and knocked him unconscious. Due to the severe nature of his injuries, it appears that the assailants continued to beat the unresponsive Kidney after he had fallen.
The next thing the victim remembers is a man named David standing above him telling him that an ambulance was on the way.
“I never got David’s last name,” Kidney said, “I can only assume the assailants stopped because he came over.”
The assault didn’t seem to have a clear motive as Kidney says the attackers didn’t take anything from him.
“My memory of it is hazy,” Kidney said from home. “Thankfully, I don’t have to have surgery so I was discharged.”
The victim said he suffered a fractured maxillary arch in two places, a broken nose, and a broken clavicle on his left side.
Kidney moved to San Diego in March of 2015 and says he has made the trip from Rich’s to home every time he goes out, but recently he’s noticed an ominous area in the neighborhood.
“There are unfortunately a lot of loiterers near the closed Haggin’s on University,” he said. “There are not enough lights in the area. Plenty of dark corners for trouble to hide in, as I can assume was the case for me.”
Kidney is not sure about the motive for the attack. He said he had been upset and crying as he walked and maybe the perpetrators saw that as a sign of weakness.
He is however grateful for the still unidentified David, who helped him after the beating, “I can’t tell him thank you enough, and that I might not be here today if it wasn’t for him.”
Going on foot will no longer be the preferred mode of transportation from Hillcrest to North Park for Kidney, “I never thought twice about it, and now I’ll never walk again at night.”
Kidney is resting comfortably at home and getting the care he needs. He says he is extremely fortunate that his best friend is visiting from his home state of North Carolina and is there to help.
There is a bit of advice Kidney would like to give others who are considering walking home at night from Hillcrest.
“Use the flashlight on your phone and don’t be on it,” he said. “I think things could have been a lot worse actually if my phone was still in my hand and lighting up my face.” And if you must walk home at night, “walk with somebody,” he adds.
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Timothy Rawles is Community Editor of SDGLN. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, @reporter66 on Twitter, or by calling toll-free to 888-442-9639, ext. 713.