Car crash victim takes on Inca Trail after years of rehabilitation

Adrian Wright in Peru
Adrian Wright in Peru

A Rugby man who suffered extensive brain injuries after his car was struck by a lorry has taken on the Inca Trail in Peru.

Adrian Wright was left with physical injuries, memory loss, emotional and physical impairments, and increased levels of depression and anxiety after the accident in 2006.

He is now raising awareness of a network he has set up during Road Safety Week.

Adrian said: “The years immediately after my accident were the most horrific of my life as I struggled to come to terms with my injuries and the fact my life would never be the same again.

“I have now dedicated my life to personal fitness and ensuring others have the opportunity to follow the same path I have.

“My recent completion of the Inca Trail is my greatest achievement since the accident as I had to take on my nemesis - stairs - as well as coping with my limited eyesight over rough terrain and while walking along cliff tops.”

Adrian and his full-time support worker Ben O’Malley have set up The Monkey-Box Model of Support.

He added: “I just hope my experience in the last eight years is a wake-up call for drivers who should realise they have people’s lives in their hands when they are out on the roads.

“Road Safety Week is an important campaign and hopefully it will alert drivers of their responsibility for the health and safety of themselves and others.”

Joanna Grewer, from Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, who helped Adrian get a settlement to pay for his care, said: “To complete the Inca Trail is an unbelievable achievement and something many didn’t think would be possible in the immediate aftermath of the crash.

“He is an inspiration to other serious injury victims and we hope by raising awareness of his story on Road Safety Week, others in a similar situation will realise that they too can achieve great things.”

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