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.

Comments (6)
  1. JD says:

    Stix, What are you talking about? Sounds like you suffer more than some severe brain injury idiot? Go put-on some pampers and get back in bed!

    On another subject, my blessings to this family for a miracle to come. Stay Blessed.

  2. Beverly Hills says:

    My prayers are with the family. Believe in miracles. They do happen. God be with you.

  3. Eric in Tarzana says:

    I was at the scene of the accident when it happened. I just can’t believe anyone could hit someone like that with complete disregard for human life. Everyday I look for that SUV. I hope I see the guy so I can turn him in so he gets what he deserves. It looked to me that it was a white 1998 or so Isuzu Trooper. The front bumper was hanging and the headlights were possibly busted. All the best to family and friends. I hope Joe makes a full recovery and justice is served.

    1. Shamecia in Victorville says:

      I’m so glad that you are still looking for him. My sister was killed by a hit-and -run driver in Jan. 2011. I believe there where witnesses there but no one came forward. I pray that with help of your description he is found.

  4. Gheren vitte says:

    Can you please call 8182565160

  5. AYRIANA DAVIS says:

    I pray for a full recovery!! I can still here you laughing in my head! You know that the family loves you dearly! Laiya said “I love you Uncle Joe!”.. God Bless!

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