Doubleview alleged hit and run: Man charged over crash leaving teen fighting for life

Police have charged a man over an alleged hit and run that has left a teenager fighting for his life.

The 16-year-old was allegedly struck by a dark coloured car after an altercation between a group of teenagers in Shearn Crescent in Doubleview just before midnight on Saturday.

Police have now charged a 20-year-old Westminster man.

Three people are helping police with their inquiries after the boy was seriously injured and left in a critical condition in Royal Perth Hospital.

Camera IconOne of the cars also hit by the vehicle involved in the hit and run. Credit: Ross Swanborough/The West Australian

It’s alleged the dark coloured Toyota sedan involved was later found abandoned in nearby Williamstown Road after colliding with two other cars parked on the street.

One woman, who did not want to be named, told The West Australian she knew the boy who was struck.

She said the crash happened after a group of youths who had been holding a party at a nearby house got into an argument with a group of young men, some of whom had not been invited to the event.

“I heard screaming and smashing of bottles,” the woman said.

“I ran (outside) and saw some guys with broken beer bottles going for each-other’s faces and throats.

“I immediately yelled out ‘the cops are on their way, break it up.’”

The woman said many of those involved in the argument then jumped into the dark coloured Toyota sedan which took off up the street.

CCTV footage from a nearby home captured the Toyota going around the roundabout just moments before impact.

The sound of the collision can be heard in the footage.

Pictures of local resident Travis Smith near the crash scene. Camera IconPictures of local resident Travis Smith near the crash scene. Credit: Ross Swanborough/The West Australian

Travis Smith, whose blue Hyundai Tucson, was smashed into by the dark coloured vehicle that struck the teenager said he rushed outside of his house when he heard a terrible bang in the street.

“We went over there and had a look, he was in a bad state,” Mr Smith said of the teenager.

“He had a massive laceration to his forehead and bleeding from his ears.

“It was a bit of a crazy thing.”

Mr Smith’s car was one of two vehicles struck in the street as the dark coloured car sped off from the scene.

Police have seized CCTV footage from nearby homes. It’s believed some of that footage captured the horrific collision.

The accused driver will appear in court at a later date.

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