Nfld. & Labrador

Driver charged after Pitts Memorial crash that left passenger partially paralyzed

The RNC has laid a charge in connection with a single-vehicle rollover crash on Pitts Memorial Drive that left 21-year-old passenger Morgan Pardy paralyzed from the waist down.

Joshua Steele-Young, 21, of Conception Bay South accused of dangerous driving causing bodily harm

Morgan Pardy, 21, was left partially paralyzed following this accident on Pitts Memorial Drive on March 20. (Cal Tobin/CBC; Morgan Pardy/Facebook)

A charge has been laid in connection with a single-vehicle rollover in March that left a female passenger partially paralyzed. 

Joshua Steele-Young, 21, of Conception Bay South was charged Thursday under the Criminal Code with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm. 

He is scheduled to appear in provincial court in St. John's next Friday.

It's alleged Steele-Young was driving the car that left a busy highway interchange near St. John's, rolled several times, finally coming to a stop on its side on March 20.

His passenger in the red Honda Civic, Morgan Pardy, 21, was ejected from the car and seriously hurt.

Police officers photograph the scene of the March accident that left a 21-year-old woman partially paralyzed. (Cal Tobin/CBC)

Initially police reported her condition as critical, but days later a family friend who spoke with CBC News revealed Pardy had some feeling in her arms, but none in her hands and legs, and was told she'd never walk again.

About two weeks later it was reported she was paralyzed from the waist down.

The male driver of the car was sent to hospital too and was released the next day.

The crash happened around 10:30 on a stormy, snowy Monday morning on Pitts Memorial Drive at the Trans-Canada Highway Interchange.

Police say it was slippery at the time.

A day after the crash, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary issued a press release asking other drivers who may have seen the accident to come forward.

Fundraising efforts

The community has rallied behind Morgan Pardy and her family.

Coffee Matters, where Pardy's mother used to work, raised $7,000.

Musicians Matty Rose (Left) and Chris Ryan (right) performed for Morgan Pardy during her stay at the Health Sciences Centre. (Sharon Pardy)

More businesses and individuals also got involved in raising money; performers and musicians organized a benefit concert for Pardy — even playing to the 21-year-old in hospital; her graduating class at Eastern Academy also hosted a fundraiser.

A GoFundMe campaign had climbed to $ 30,258 as of Friday.