Woman paralyzed after 2014 crash identifies driver - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Woman paralyzed after 2014 crash identifies driver

(Source: SCSO) (Source: SCSO)

A crash on East Street and Crump Boulevard left families in shock and a woman paralyzed.

“I was very devastated,” Patricia Smith, the mother of the driver, said. “I wish he would have done something different that day.”

That day was July 16, 2014 around 11:30 p.m. according to a police affidavit. 

Gregory Smith Jr., 44, was driving on Crump when he lost control of his car and hit a tree. Then, his car spun into a concrete light pole before he left the scene.

He left his passenger—the owner of the car he was driving.

She was taken to Regional One in critical condition. As a result of the crash, she is paralyzed on her right side, has vocal cord damage and is unable to walk without using a walker.

“I am so sorry for the family, that this happened to them,” Patricia Smith said. “And I hope and pray to God that things will be better and that someday she will be able to walk again.”

In April 2015, investigators went to Milan, TN, where the victim was receiving rehab, and finally got a statement.

She told police officers that she let Gregory Smith drive her car and he refused to slow down.

She identified him in a photo lineup, and he was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license and leaving the scene of a crash involving injuries.

The suspect remains in jail Thursday on an $80,000 bond. 

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