Joe Frazier, who stared at basketball at John Muir High School and played college ball at Cal State Northridge, is currently in a coma at Northridge Medical Hospital Center after suffering a head injury from a hit-and-run accident Thursday night, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.
Frazier, currently an assistant head coach at Calabasas High School, was riding his motorcycle at the time of the accident, which occured near the intersection of Ventura Boulevard and Wilbur Avenue in Tarzana.
Calabasas Coach Jon Palarz told the Times in an email that "witnesses told police that the driver of a light-colored, SUV-type vehicle ran a red light" and "Frazier tried to avoid the collision but couldn't and was struck by the vehicle." Frazier was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
On Sunday a hospital spokeswoman told the Times that Frazier was listed in critical condition.
"He's such a great guy," current Mustangs boys basketball coach Dr. Gamal Smalley said. "He went to school with my daughter and nieces at Muir. We did a basketball camp together last summer.
" … He's such a lovable person. Such a nice guy. Great smile and warms up the room. … It was no wonder he was coaching at Calabasas because he's such a hard worker. He's just a guy that everyone loves to hang out with."
Smalley sid he has been in contact with Frazier's friend and former teammate Ryan Hollins of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who has been with Frazier at the hospital. Hollins said Frazier has shown some signs of progress but said doctors have indicated "they are waiting for a miracle."
"For this to happen to him it's such an unfortunate thing," Smalley said. "We're keeping him in our thoughts and prayers."