Condition upgraded, but alleged driver faces recovery and legal issues

A 25-year-old Revelstoke resident is out of intensive care but is still facing a year of recovery and rehabilitation in Vancouver Hospital.

A 25-year-old Revelstoke resident is out of intensive care but is still facing a year of recovery and rehabilitation in Vancouver Hospital following a devastating late-night single-vehicle crash just north of Nakusp on Oct. 2.

Daryl Thomson, 25, suffered severe injuries including a diagnosis of paralysis in his legs, family members told the Times Review.

He’s still recovering from his injuries and will soon begin rehabilitation for a spinal cord injury he suffered in the crash. Police believe he was not wearing a seatbelt and say alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Philip Walker, 37, of Trail was also injured in the crash. He was soon upgraded out of the intensive care unit and is believed to be recovering now, though his condition could not be confirmed due to medical confidentiality rules.

The two men were discovered badly injured at the scene of the crash in the early morning hours on Oct. 3 by a passing motorist.

RCMP continue to investigate the crash and say criminal charges against Thomson are pending. Just seven hours before the crash was discovered, Thomson had been stopped by Nakusp RCMP and issued a 90-day roadside prohibition for impaired driving. His vehicle was impounded. Police believe he subsequently obtained the pickup truck involved in the crash.