Man pleads guilty to refusing to provide a breath sample

A sentence will come early in the new year for a Red Deer man who injured a teen in a hit-and-run collision in Mountview.

A sentence will come early in the new year for a Red Deer man who injured a teen in a hit-and-run collision in Mountview.

Eric William Petty, 26, pleaded guilty to one count of refusing to provide a breath sample knowing that the operation of a motor vehicle caused an accident resulting in bodily harm. The plea was entered by his defence counsel, Chad Evans, on Tuesday in Red Deer provincial court.

In the agreed statement of facts, it was noted that Petty was co-operative with police and showed significant concern for what had happened.

Sentencing was adjourned to Jan. 5 in Red Deer provincial court. No criminal record was alleged by Crown Prosecutor Katie Clarey and no pre-sentence report was requested.

Dery Wang, 18, was found injured on the side of the road near the intersection of 32nd Street and Mitchell Avenue. He was cycling to the Greyhound bus station to catch an early bus to Calgary to go to the Stampede on July 4, when he was hit.

Wang was badly injured in the crash. He suffered broken bones and brain trauma, as blood had been cut off to his brain because of the injuries.

Wang was stabilized at Red Deer Regional Hospital and then flown by STARS to Edmonton. Wang was in a coma for more than a month, but has recovered since the crash.

A local fundraising group called 100 Men Red Deer, chose to donate their money this month towards Wang. The group of men agrees to donate $100 to a cause that is voted on by the group. The goal is to donate $10,000 to a cause.

While typically choosing charitable organizations, 100 Men Red Deer chose to give money to Wang to help with the debts, hospital visit, planning, rehabilitation, teaching and daily living assistance that will be required for Wang and his family going forward.

The group came up $1,900 short of their annual goal of raising $40,000. But on Monday night, they raised $9,100 for Wang. Anyone wanting to help the group reach their goal can donate to the Red Deer Food Bank, Central Alberta AIDS Network, Canadian National Institute for the Blind or Dery Wang’s Go Fund Me page, www.gofundme.com/na3rdjkk.

mcrawford@bprda.wpengine.com

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