NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- A restaurant worker was hurt seriously after an SUV hit him in Downtown Norfolk Sunday.

It happened at the intersection of Plume and Granby streets around 4:45 p.m.

Police said the driver lost control of the SUV and hit Jonathan Cox, who was standing on the sidewalk. 13News Now has learned Cox worked at Jack Brown's Beer and Burger Joint.

The restaurant was closed Sunday night as a result of the incident.

On Monday, officers said they charged the driver, John H. Vanderwilt of Chesapeake, with Driving Under the Influence.

The manager of Grace O'Malley's Irish Pub and restaurant, Robert Wallace said he saw the police show up.

"It started off as just a couple of cop cars. And then it was like more and more and more and more.” He said, customers came into his restaurant and told him what happened.

Now the restaurant is collecting donations to help Cox on his road to recovery.

"It could've been easily one of my waitresses, my bartender, my cooks. You know, so we're just going to try to do what we can to help."

Cox remains in critical condition at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.