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‘Road rage hit-and-run’ car crash leaves father and son with broken spines in Perth hospital

A father and son are lucky to be alive after a driver allegedly swerved towards their car at 100km/h in a ‘road rage hit-and-run’.

Ray Cupit, 47, and Josh Hale, 26, were driving in a Holden Coommodore sedan on the Mitchell Freeway in Perth about 2pm on Tuesday when their car slammed into a barrier and rolled several times.

Police are hunting the driver of a green Jeep Grand Cherokee involved in the crash that witnesses said drove off afterwards ‘like nothing happened’.

Josh Hale, 26, was almost killed when he broke the C2 vertebrae in his neck, almost severing his spinal cord which would have been fatal

Josh Hale, 26, was almost killed when he broke the C2 vertebrae in his neck, almost severing his spinal cord which would have been fatal

He and his father Ray Cupit, 47, were driving on the Mitchell Freeway in Perth about 2pm on Tuesday when their car slammed into a barrier and rolled several times

He and his father Ray Cupit, 47, were driving on the Mitchell Freeway in Perth about 2pm on Tuesday when their car slammed into a barrier and rolled several times

Mr Hale was almost killed when he broke the C2 vertebrae in his neck, almost severing his spinal cord which would have been fatal.

The injury is know as a ‘hangman’s fracture’ as it is the part of the spine that breaks in a hanging execution, cutting off vital body functions and causing rapid death.

The young man also shattered his left wrist and suffered a concussion that wiped his memory of the crash, and had numerous cuts and bruises.

His sister Kirrilly Hale, 21, said he was due to have surgery on his neck at Royal Perth Hospital to repair his neck and protect the spinal cord.

‘Josh is really scared that if he even chews the wrong way he could die. He’s completely traumatised,’ she told Daily Mail Australia. 

‘If the bone had pushed on his spinal cord just a little more he would be dead.’

Mr Cupit broke his back at the L3 vertebrae, almost paralysing him, and suffered a serious wound to his right elbow that needed nine stitches

Mr Cupit broke his back at the L3 vertebrae, almost paralysing him, and suffered a serious wound to his right elbow that needed nine stitches

Mr Hale's sister Kirrilly Hale, 21, (pictured) said he was due to have surgery on his neck at Royal Perth Hospital to repair his neck and protect the spinal cord

Mr Hale’s sister Kirrilly Hale, 21, (pictured) said he was due to have surgery on his neck at Royal Perth Hospital to repair his neck and protect the spinal cord

Mr Cupit broke his back at the L3 vertebrae, almost paralysing him, and suffered a serious wound to his right elbow that needed nine stitches.

‘Dad is very emotional and cries every time I see him because even though it wasn’t his fault he feels bad about hurting his son,’ Ms Hale said.

‘My mum is really struggling. I’m just happy they survived.’

Ms Hale said the pair were on their way to see her and she heard the sirens from her mother’s house nearby after they didn’t show up.

Witnesses said the jeep was driving erratically along the freeway and cut in front of a white van before the driver extended his middle finger.

The van driver changed lanes and Mr Cupit, who was, travelling behind it, came up to behind the jeep.

Witnesses said Mr Cupit overcorrected to the right and lost control of the car after swerving to avoid the jeep, crashing into the barrier and rolling the car several times

Witnesses said Mr Cupit overcorrected to the right and lost control of the car after swerving to avoid the jeep, crashing into the barrier and rolling the car several times

Other motorists rush to help the pair before paramedics arrive, unlike the jeep driver who allegedly kept driving after being involved in the crash

Other motorists rush to help the pair before paramedics arrive, unlike the jeep driver who allegedly kept driving after being involved in the crash

Soon after the jeep is believed to have suddenly braked and after exchanging rude gestures, Mr Cupit changed into the left lane to overtake.

Multiple witnesses claimed the jeep then swerved without warning, almost crashing into Mr Cupit and causing him to swerve left to avoid impact.

He then overcorrected to the right and lost control of the car, crashing into the barrier and rolling the car several times.

The jeep driver allegedly braked to avoid hitting the car, then drove around the wreck and continued on without stopping ‘like nothing happened’.

Ms Hale said her brother (pictured together) was scared he could die in hospital if his spinal cord was cut

Ms Hale said her brother (pictured together) was scared he could die in hospital if his spinal cord was cut

Ms Hale said her mother was 'really struggling' with the news of the crash

Ms Hale said her mother was ‘really struggling’ with the news of the crash

Ms Hale said her father had a dashcam but it and the SD card were destroyed in the crash. Police were searching nearby Clarkson train station for CCTV footage.

She appealed for anyone who may have footage of the crash about 2-2.30pm on Tuesday between the Hester Avenue and Neerabup Road exits to come forward. 

‘Yes they were both annoyed but I don’t know why the jeep driver would swerve into him at 100km/h. You can’t be that self-centred,’ she said.

‘Someone needs to be held accountable.’

'Dad is very emotional and cries every time I see him because even though it wasn't his fault he feels bad about hurting his son,' Ms Hale said

‘Dad is very emotional and cries every time I see him because even though it wasn’t his fault he feels bad about hurting his son,’ Ms Hale said

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