A Barnsley teenager is using his life-changing injuries to tell young people how important it is to drive safely
Perry Shaw, aged 19 from Wombwell, is attending Drive for Life sessions to speak to students at schools and colleges about road safety.
When he was 17 he had to be cut free from a car by firefighters after losing control of his friend’s mum’s car while she was away.
Perry, who is wheelchair bound, had a provisional licence and was uninsured.
He said: “Me and my mate decided to take his mum’s car while she was away. I drove, but we didn’t get far before I lost control and crashed into a wall.
“I wasn’t wearing a seat belt. My legs were folded under the driver’s seat and I didn’t know if I’d be able to walk again.
“I no longer have control of my bladder or bowels and although I can walk a few wobbly steps I have little sensation in my legs and use my wheelchair the majority of the time.”
Perry has had two major operations - one on his spine to insert eight screws and two metal rods, and one on the tendons of his ankle.
Further operations are scheduled on his bladder and on his toes.
Perry added: “I never thought something this serious could happen to me and my advice to any driver, but especially young people is don’t even think about risking your safety by driving dangerously.”