Driver jailed for role in crash that left teen in coma

Convicted for his role in a collision that left a Red Deer teen with a brain injury and a long road to recovery, Eric William Petty was sentenced to 12 months in prison.

Convicted for his role in a collision that left a Red Deer teen with a brain injury and a long road to recovery, Eric William Petty was sentenced to 12 months in prison.

Petty was sentenced Wednesday morning in Red Deer provincial court.

He pleaded guilty on Dec. 8, 2015, to one count of refusing a breath demand causing injury. Charges of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and criminal negligence causing bodily harm were withdrawn.

Dery Wang, 18, was found injured on the side of the road near the intersection of 32nd Street and Mitchell Avenue on July 4, 2015. He was riding his bike early that morning to the Greyhound bus station. He was going to catch a bus to the Calgary Stampede.

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

He was taken to the Red Deer Regional Hospital, where he was stabilized. He was then flown by Stars Air Ambulance to Edmonton.

Wang was in a coma for a month, but has slowly recovered.

At the time of the crash, Wang was enrolled in the University of Alberta engineering program. Since then he has worked on regaining many basic functions and is still dealing with his speaking abilities.

A report submitted as part of the sentencing hearing said Wang suffered from numerous deficits including communication, a balance impairment and post-traumatic amnesia.

Petty waved down another driver to call 911, as he did not have his phone at the time. Petty was driving from a friend’s house, where he had a couple of drinks.

On top of the one-year prison sentence, Petty is subject to a three-year driving prohibition.

mcrawford@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

RCMP investigate suspicious package in downtown Red Deer

Part of downtown Red Deer was closed to traffic due to a… Continue reading

Ottawa’s apathy on rural crime ‘outrageous,’ say central Alberta MPs

Recent parliamentary committee report on rural crime inadequate say MPs

The future’s exciting, but also a bit scary, for Red Deer’s high school grads

Concerns about job prospects, high cost of education expressed

Blind calf finds friendship in dog in central Alberta

Heaven and Sweetpea are best buddies. Heaven, a calf who was born… Continue reading

Walk raises awareness of victims of domestic violence

Central Alberta men and boys will walk a mile in high heels… Continue reading

Dogs and drugs don’t mix: Red Deer business wants to leave downtown after 18 years

One business owner is done with downtown Red Deer after 18 years.… Continue reading

Cast your votes for the Best of Red Deer

Nominations for the Best of Red Deer Readers’ Choice Awards are officially… Continue reading

Seniors: The unheard melodies

The sights and sounds around us enable us to experience our world.… Continue reading

Police find urn with ashes along bank of Red Deer River

RCMP find urn with ashes along bank of Red Deer River Red… Continue reading

North Vancouver RCMP seek skier whose pole caused brain injury to B.C. teen

VANCOUVER — A North Vancouver family is joining with RCMP to urge… Continue reading

Canadian ‘Aladdin’ star eyes diverse career championing homegrown talent

TORONTO — Canadian “Aladdin” star Mena Massoud says his wild carpet ride… Continue reading

Supreme Court will tuck into UberEats case about drivers’ benefit rights

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada will help decide whether a… Continue reading

Speech from the throne: Read the entire text outlining UCP priorities

The following is the speech from the throne, read Wednesday in the… Continue reading

Canada’s Rebecca Marino drops second-round French Open qualifying match

PARIS — Canada’s Rebecca Marino fell just short in a second-round qualifying… Continue reading

Most Read