Calabasas High School Coach Critically Injured By Hit-And-Run Driver

CALABASAS (CBS) — A beloved high school basketball coach remains in a coma after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver last week.

Joe Frazier’s family spent Wednesday morning meeting with doctors who said they are starting to see signs that the 28-year-old assistant coach at Calabasas High School is recovering from a severe brain injury.

Family members, friends and basketball players held a vigil for Frazier outside Northridge Hospital Tuesday night.

“What we’ve been told from the doctors is what we need is a miracle. We have a strong faith in God. What we need is a miracle. That’s what we’re asking for,” Ty Whaley, Frazier’s mother, said.

“We’re very Christian people. We believe in miracles,” his father, Joseph Whaley, told CBS2. “We believe if there’s a shot, we’re doing to take that shot. That’s what Joseph would have us do. He’s a very positive young man.”

Frazier left practice on his motorcycle last Thursday. He was hit by a red-light runner in Reseda, according to the LAPD.

The LAPD is searching for the driver, who was behind the wheel of a white or light-colored SUV.

“It really hits home that nobody expected this. Nobody saw this coming. In your worst nightmares, you would not have expected to get that text or that call and, you know, hear what happened,” former teammate Ryan Hollins said.


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