Police in Western Australia have appealed to the public for information after a Perth mum found herself the victim of an alleged hit-and-run.
A 31-year-old man has now been charged with dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, failing to report an incident and failing to stop and insure assistance. He has been refused bail and is due to appear before the courts on Thursday.
40-year-old mother-of-five Sherylee Bonney was found by a dog walker in the Perth suburb of Greenfields, near Mandurah.
9News reports she was discovered in a “pool of blood” and was transported to the Royal Perth Hospital in a critical condition where she remains.
Authorities said CCTV footage from around the same time of the incident show there was a large white ute in the area. It’s believed the woman was found just metres from her Perth home and was on her way to the local shops when she was injured.
Prior to police charging a man in connection to the alleged incident, Ms Bonney’s 15-year-old daughter made an emotional statement saying her mother would be “all right”.
“I wasn’t expecting something like that to happen to my mum,” she said, as reported by The West.
“It’s something you see out of a movie. It’s hard, why would someone want to do that to her?
“If someone hadn’t called, she wouldn’t be here and I don’t know if she’s OK or if she’s going to make it.”
WA Police major crash unit Acting Inspector Adam Matson said she was found breathing and conscious, however she was “not really communicating”. He also said that the intervention of good Samaritans who called emergency services likely saved Ms Bonney’s life.
“Her injuries are consistent with potentially a vehicle being involved,” said Acting Insp Matson.
“My understand is that she was standing right next to the [bush] track.”
Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report the information at crimestopperswas.com.au.