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‘A funny, strong-willed guy’: Family of man injured while pushing car in Singleton crash speak out

The family of a man struck by a car as he pushed a vehicle in Singleton has spoken out about the ordeal.

Trevor Callard was on his way home from working at a Mandurah Foreshore fish and chip restaurant when he was struck by a car on Wednesday.

Police said the 38-year-old was injured after a Toyota Camry struck him as he pushed a broken down ute along Mandurah Road about 8:15pm.

Mr Callard’s sister-in-law, Megan Lesley, told Skeer Media that he was pushing the ute after it stopped, several meters from the Coles Express Service Station, when the crash happened.

“He was on his way home from work when the car ran out of fuel,” she said.

“The fuel gauge is out on that car.

“He’s a funny, strong-willed guy.”

Ms Lesley told Skeer Media the phone call was all too real for Mr Callard’s parents as their other son died in a car crash when he was just 18-years-old more than a decade ago.

Ms Lesley said she wasn’t sure if Mr Callard had his hazard lights on at the time of the incident but said “he would of at least had his headlights on.”

“He is a smart, conscious man,” she said.

Mr Callard’s father, Anthony, said his son suffered multiple injuries which resulted in several surgeries.

“He’s a very, very, lucky boy,” the father said.

“His hip was separated.”

Mr Callard said his son was adamant he had his hazard lights on at the time of the crash.

“He’s 100 percent sure he had his hazard lights on,” he said.

Ms Lesley said medical staff questioned how he survived the incident.

“He spent all [Friday] in surgery, but they had to stop due to a complication,” she said.

“One leg is full of pins and plates and damage [was] done to the pelvis.

“He is in such high spirits and so positive.

“He hasn’t lost his charisma, that’s for sure.”

The family said Mr Callard is experiencing slight signs of short term memory loss but they don’t know if it’s a delayed concussion or the medication he is on.

Ms Lesly said authorities explained that the woman driving the Toyota “was hysterical” at the crash scene.

The woman, in her 20s, stopped to help and is assisting police with their inquiries.

The family expressed their gratitude to those who assisted and the first responders.

“Thank you to the people who stopped to help my son,” Mr Callard’s father said.

Police urge anyone who may have witnessed the crash to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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