Agricola Street car-pedestrian crash inspires art

The wife of car-pedestrian crash victim says she's drawn inspiration from her wife's resilience after a devastating collision on Halifax's Agricola Street in December.

Woman inspired by wife's resilience after devastating accident

Ursula Johnson holds a photo of herself (right) and her wife Angella Parsons (left) (CBC)

The wife of a car-pedestrian crash victim says she's drawn inspiration from her wife's resilience after a devastating collision on Halifax's Agricola Street in December.

Ursula Johnson is an artist based out of Cape Breton. Her wife, Angella Parsons, was caught and pinned between the car and a pole during the crash.

On Saturday Johnson will perform at the Ideal Law Conference.

Johnson said she's been profoundly moved by her wife's strength and determination.

"Her resilience and her spirit has inspired me to continue in moving forward in all these [art] projects that I have underway and inspire new works from it as well," she said.

The couple was living in Eskasoni at the time of the accident, but have since relocated to Halifax so Parsons can be closer to the medical services she requires.

But that's put a financial burden on the couple.

Johnson is organizing two fundraising events to support Parsons. The first takes place on Feb. 1 at the Mi'kmaq Native Friendship Centre on Gottingen Street.

The next is on Feb. 28 at the Company House.

Halifax Regional Police are still investigating the crash.

Johnson said drivers need to limit their distractions.

"When you're driving a motor vehicle it is a very serious thing to do. You have to be aware of your surroundings, because when you're a pedestrian you're aware of everything that's around you. But, when you're in a car, you're shielded in this box. You know, you're listening to your radio show or your listening to your music or something," she said.

Click on the audio to hear Johnson's interview with CBC's Information Morning.