POLICE are seeking witnesses to a crash in Palmyra on Saturday that left former Dockers midfielder Rhys Palmer in an induced coma with life-threatening injuries.
Around 7pm Palmer’s motorcycle was hit by a black Mitsubishi Lancer which was turning off Canning Highway into Murray Road near the Dan Murphy’s. The 30-year-old footballer, who now plays with Swan Districts, was sent to Royal Perth Hospital for urgent surgery, while his 25-year-old female pillion received a hand injury and also ended up in RPH.
The 45-year-old driver of the Mitsubishi received minor injuries.
Swan Districts released a statement on Sunday which claimed Palmer was not responsible for the accident, and that it wasn’t related to recent media reports about an incident at the Gloucester Park trots a few days earlier where a shoe was thrown towards racing horses. Although Mr Palmer was spotted skylarking without shoes, he and his family have strenuously denied he was involved in any shoe-throwing.
On Thursday the footy star let fans know he’d perked up, posting a social media message thanking everyone who’d been involved in helping him after the crash.
Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or http://www.crimestoppers.com.au