Dad tells story of son’s horror crash in hope drivers will slow down

The father of a Penge man who suffered brain damage and lost his leg after a crash has issued a safety warning to motorists.

Jason McGarvey, 32, suffered multiple leg fractures, a broken pelvis and a lacerated liver in the high-speed crash in November 2012, when a driver of a car he was a passenger in lost control and smashed into a tree.

His dad Michael McGarvey has now spoken out as part of Road Safety Week – and urged drivers to slow down.

Michael said: “You never think that something like this will happen to your family, and then it does and it turns your life upside down.

“The injuries Jason suffered mean all our lives, but especially his, will never be the same again.

“By telling Jason’s story I just hope that drivers realise the terrible impact speeding and not keeping their eye on the road can have on people and their families. Motorists need to stick to the speed limit.”

Jason spent more than three weeks in Kings College Hospital’s intensive care unit following the crash.

He stayed in hospital for over three months before he was transferred to Blackheath Rehabilitation Centre. Jason left the centre just before Christmas in 2013.

He was then a resident at Acacia Care Centre for more than three years. During this time he underwent extensive rehabilitation to help talk and feed himself again.

Jason has recently moved into a specially adapted home to trial a period of independent living.

His sister Sinaid has moved back from Australia to spend more time with her brother who suffers cognitive, memory and behavioural problems.

Sinaid said: “The most difficult part about Jason’s brain injury is accepting how it has changed his personality. He gets frustrated and finds it hard to accept that things he once found so natural are now a real challenge.

“It has been a real challenge for Jason to accept what happened that day and the daily frustrations of dealing with those changes.

“It’s not easy but as a family we are trying to remain positive and focus on the future.

“Jason’s move into a new home has provided him with a major boost. I’m hoping it will spur him on to regain a little bit more independence with his daily routine.”

Annual Road Safety Week, run by charity BRAKE, is taking place this week. This year’s message is urging drivers to slow down to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on the roads.

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