Police are searching for a hit-and-run driver who crashed into two young men on Christmas night and fled without helping them, leaving one fighting for his life in hospital and the other with a partially severed ear.
Awaiting ear surgery in hospital yesterday, Joshua Screaigh, 20, posted a prayer on Facebook for friend Jarrod McCarthy, 18, who was in an induced coma with his family by his bedside.
"Plz (sic) Jarrod my brother, please stay strong, I love you man," he wrote. "I'll be praying for you, come back to us."
The men were struck as they crossed Lowanna Way near Rupert Street in Armadale about 9.30pm, the crash leaving Mr McCarthy with bleeding on his brain.
Major crash investigations officers said yesterday it was still not clear whether the pair had reached the footpath or were on the road when they were hit, and police were not sure whether the crash was an accident.
At least one of the men was flung in the air after hitting the windscreen of the small sedan.
A silver-coloured vehicle - possibly a Hyundai - was seen leaving the immediate area.
"We believe that the windscreen was smashed on the left-hand side of the car and there is (damage) to the side mirror," Sgt John Smith said.
Police say the car came out of a nearby side street and may have been speeding, judging by the extent of the pair's injuries.
Witnesses have told police the driver did not stop after hitting the men but did a U-turn further up the street and returned.
The driver turned off the car's headlights as he slowed near the men lying injured on the footpath but did not stop to help, witnesses told police.
It is believed a 12-year-old boy riding across the park was the only one who saw the crash.
Former nurse Kate Good was among nearby residents who rushed to help the injured men after she heard a loud bang.
"One was unconscious and bleeding and the other had a really badly damaged ear," she said. "He was in a lot of pain and didn't really know what had happened."
Mr McCarthy had not regained consciousness before paramedics arrived, Ms Good said.
Police have urged the driver to contact them. They also urged an anonymous caller to Crime Stoppers who had information about a specific person in relation to the incident to make contact again.