Raiders youngster Jacob Iosefa is in a coma fighting for his life after a horrific incident

Canberra Raiders youngster Jacob Iosefa is fighting for his life after a horrific crash on Monday night.

The 17-year-old had a broken neck and brain bleeding from the incident that took place in Wagga Wagga while he was visiting family there.

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Iosefa was driving back to Canberra alone when he reportedly ran over a truck while overtaking.

There is no evidence that alcohol was involved.

The Raiders’ SG Ball center is in a coma in intensive care at Canberra Hospital, where doctors are still trying to stabilize his bleeding.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the club said: “The Canberra Raiders can confirm that SG-Ball player Jacob Iosefa remains in intensive care at Canberra Hospital following a car crash on Monday night.

“The Raiders have been helping Jacob and his family who have traveled from Wagga Wagga to be with him. As well as being supportive of teammates and school friends while Jacob is in the hospital.

“Until further information is available, the Raiders will not comment further out of respect for his family. The club will continue to support Jacob and his family.”

Jacob Iosefa fights for his life. Credit: Twitter

Friends of the Iosefa family have set up a GoFundMe page for the boy’s mother, Evelyn, to help cover medical bills. The initial target was set at $1000 but had already reached over $17,000 as of Thursday morning.

“Jacob is an upcoming NRL player who has just signed a two-year deal with the Canberra Raiders, it has been a lifelong dream of Jacob’s,” the site reads.

“It will be a long road of recovery for Jacob, any donations would be of great help.

“The money raised will be sent directly to Evelyn to support Jacob’s medical bills, food and lodging while they care for their son in Canberra.

“If you can spare any amount for this family at this time of need it would be greatly appreciated.

“The response so far from our amazing community has been overwhelming, friends, family and colleagues, what we have collected for the Iosefa family has blown me away! I can’t thank you enough.

“From the bottom of my heart, thank you to those who took the time to donate at this time of need, you are all so awesome.”

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