Driver pleads guilty

A guilty plea has been entered in connection with an accident that left a Vernon nurse a quadriplegic

  • Apr. 19, 2015 4:00 p.m.

A guilty plea has been entered in connection with an accident that left a Vernon nurse a quadriplegic.

Michael Timothy George Heeley, 22, pleaded guilty to a count of criminal negligence causing bodily harm in Vernon Provincial Court Wednesday.

He is scheduled to be sentenced May 21.

On Dec. 3, 2014, at around 5:30 p.m., Vernon RCMP responded to a two-vehicle accident at 39th Avenue and Alexis Park Drive.

Robin Orcherton, a Vernon mother, wife and licensed practical nurse, was on her way home to her family after her shift at a Vernon seniors residence.

Orcherton was stopped at a red light at the intersection when her vehicle was struck by a Jeep which Vernon RCMP said, after the accident, had been reported stolen.

Police were told the driver of the Jeep had been spotted running from the scene.

The accident left Orcherton a quadriplegic.

Family, friends and co-workers have been rallying around Orcherton.

They launched an online fundraiser at gofundme.com/robinsjourney to help with costs which, as of Friday, has raised nearly $16,000 toward a goal of $25,000.

There was also an online auction fundraiser featuring items donated by local businesses.