Mackay man Micheal-John Priestley spent his 21st birthday confined to a hospital bed after he was involved in a suspected hit and run on Christmas Day in 2019.
Mackay man Micheal-John Priestley spent his 21st birthday confined to a hospital bed after he was involved in a suspected hit and run on Christmas Day in 2019.

Mum’s plea for justice after alleged hit and run

EXCLUSIVE: A YOUNG man from Mackay was confined to a hospital bed on his 21st birthday after suffering spine, neck and nerve injuries in a suspected hit and early on Christmas Day

Micheal-John Priestley was riding a push bike home on a path along Slade Point Rd about 2am last Wednesday when he looked down at his phone to change a song.

In his peripheral vision, he noticed headlights and the next thing he knew, he was hit by a passing car.

Police are investigating the incident which his family has reported as a hit and run.

His desperate mum Kerry Priestley has called on anyone who might know anything about to event to contact police and help find the person responsible for putting her youngest son in a hospital bed.

Mrs Priestley was at work, unaware her youngest son Micheal-John was critically injured and about to be flown to Townsville.

"I was hysterical," she said.

"I didn't know what was happening to Micheal-John or if he was dead or dying; I honestly didn't know.

"All I knew was it was a head-on and he was critical."

Injured on the side of the road, Micheal-John was able to flag a security guard driving past who called emergency services.

"If that was your loved one, wouldn't you expect someone to do the human thing?" Mrs Priestley said.

The incident has had a serious impact on Michael-John's siblings Waide and Milena Priestley who are still grieving the loss of their dad to cancer a number of years ago during Christmas.

After being transported to Townsville University Hospital by an RACQ CQ Rescue chopper, Micheal-John spent Boxing Day, his 21st birthday, in the surgical ward under the care of a neurologist team, Mrs Priestly said.

His injuries include struggling to walk, a bruised spine, a blood clot in his neck, nerve damage and a broken bones on right arm, damage to projections of the vertebrae and lacerations.

"He has a long, long journey ahead of him … he's coming through a big trauma," she said.

The Priestley family said they didn't know when Micheal-John would be able to come home from Townsville.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or you can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000.

Quote this reference number: QP1902563590



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