FORMER Warwick woman Katie McKean, nee Ensbey, is recovering in hospital after being hit by a car while jogging in Brisbane on Wednesday morning.
She is in a stable condition in the Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, with injuries which are believed to be broken bones and swelling to her brain.
The popular 25-year-old was knocked unconscious when she was hit by the car in Westlake at 10.30am and her pink runners and red iPod were the only identifying items on her at the time.
A family friend said Mrs McKean's husband Tom realised his wife was missing after he returned home that evening, with his search ending at the hospital.
Mrs McKean's parents, Niel and Noela Ensbey, rushed to Brisbane to be by their daughter's side that night.
The family friend said much of the Warwick community would be praying for the speedy recovery of a well-loved person.
"She has broken bones and swelling around the brain but she is out of danger," he said.
"The family will be devastated by this but they are a very close family and they will cope with it.
"Katie is very well known around town, a very popular girl and just a great kid - one of my favourites.
"I am wishing her a speedy recovery and I know everybody else in the district who knows her will be doing the same."
Mrs McKean has been married for just two years and is a dedicated athlete, having competed in a number of marathons including Warwick's own Pentath-run.
She is one of four children and is an older sister to Kelly, Kurt and Chris.
Well wishers flocked to Chris' Facebook page yesterday to offer their prayers and support.
One friend posted "I am a blubbering mess and I don't pray that often, but tonight I am hoping the big fulla is listening. Love to u guys. Be strong!".