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Rosie’s Café owner is awake after life-threatening hit and run

Kaitlyn Rose “Rosie” Pilsbury strikes a pose during happier times. Like Rosie the Riveter in the illustration, Pilsbury has always exemplified pluck and courage, two strengths that will stand her in good stead as she recovers from a hit and run accident on December 21.

Kaitlyn Rose “Rosie” Pilsbury, who has been unconscious since the hit and run accident that put in her the hospital December 21 is awake—and facing a long recovery.

The Times-Advocate Monday spoke to Sandy Nalborski, manager of Rosie’s Café, the popular breakfast and lunch eatery on Grand Avenue that was founded by the 33-year-old Pillsbury aka “Rosie.”

“She’s awakened and it’s going to take a long time,” said Nalborski., but noted that Pilsbury remains in intensive care at Palomar Medical Center.  “She has rods down her left leg. Pins in her upper arm. Surgery on her right wrist. And the rest is on her left leg.”

She added that Pilsbury still can’t speak because of a  tracheostomy (trach) tube. “We don’t know about brain damage, We are hopeful. She is responding with her fingers. Everything is looking more positive. They got her out of the bed today. She put her full weight down. It’s going to take a long process. We just don’t know how much rehab will be required,” she said.

 “We are trying to keep her dream alive by telling people to come support her at the café,” said Nalborski. “We’ve had a great ourpouring of support the last two weeks. This girl is always giving, giving, whether it’s kids, sports, or Crusin’ Grand. She always wants to be a part of everything.” 

On December 21 Pilsbury was on her motorcycle when she was struck head on by a SUV, whose driver abandoned the scene. 

There is a Go Fund Me page for Pilsbury at It currently has just over $20,000.


4 responses to “Rosie’s Café owner is awake after life-threatening hit and run”

  1. kirsten dewindt says:

    Did they ever find the hit and run driver? We would like to know. Thank you.

  2. Annette says:

    Thank you! Please publish one or two statements of our wonderful Constitution of the United States of America!
    We need to remind and teach our Children. Do not lose, your freedoms.
    Think for your self, and read different points of view. Watch Documentary about John Adams. Very good History. Proud & Blessed to an American.

    • Nellie Castro says:

      More than a year after a motorcyclist was hit-and-run in Vista, San Diego sheriff’s deputies announced Monday they had made an arrest in the case. On Dec. 21, 2019, the driver of a white Ford Explorer hit Kaitlyn Rose Pilsbury, the owner of Rosie’s Cafe in Escondido, while making a left turn in front of her Harley Davidson, according to investigators. The driver left his SUV at the scene at West Vista Way and North Melrose Drive in Vista and ran away on foot, SDSO said.

  3. So sorry to hear the restaurant closed, good luck in future ! Loved watching you on restaurant impossible

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