For Robin Orcherton, her life was forever changed in a second.
It was around 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 3, 2014, that the Vernon mother, wife, licensed practical nurse and well-respected co-worker and friend, had just finished her day at work at a Vernon seniors residence and was on her way home to her family.
Orcherton, 44, was behind the wheel of her Hyundai at a red light at the intersection of 39th Avenue and Alexis Park Drive when her vehicle was struck by a Jeep which, said Vernon RCMP shortly after the accident, had been reported stolen and its driver had been spotted running from the accident scene.
Orcherton was still in her car when emergency personnel arrived on the scene. She was taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital, then transferred to Vancouver General Hospital with serious injuries including a spinal fracture and numerous other broken bones.
The accident left Orcherton a quadriplegic. She continues to recover in a Vancouver hospital.
Now, her friends are rallying to help with expenses.
“Robin’s life changed forever that fateful day and we are all hoping to make her homecoming a little easier by helping fund her medical needs,” said friend and co-worker Tina Berg, who has organized a fundraising page online at gofundme.com (Robins journey).
Orcherton is working hard in therapy and keeps a very busy schedule all day long.
“We admire her strength and determination although it comes as no surprise,” said Berg. “That is who Robin is. Her sense of humour has not been altered and we are blessed to hear her laugh. We really miss that at work.”
The page hopes to raise $25,000 for Orcherton’s needs.
As of Thursday, more than $4,400 had been raised towards the goal.
“Robin is ever so grateful and is beyond words to express her thanks for all the support and thoughts and best wishes,” said Berg. “She really enjoys reading the comments and notes. Some have brought tears to me so I can imagine how important and special they are to her. Keep them coming please!”
A 22-year-old Vernon man was arrested in connection with the accident last week in Vernon.