UPDATE: Drunk Driver Faces Charges After Wreck Injures Velasquez, Kids in High Point, NC

Posted on May 05, 2011
Driver Ryan Boyd faces additional charges following an investigation into a wreck he allegedly caused while driving drunk on Johnson Street and Skeet Club Road in High Point, NC.

Initially, police charged Boyd with DWI-driving while intoxicated-and reckless driving. Now, media outlets across the Piedmont Triad report that Boyd faces three counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

Three children were ejected from the minivan Maria Velasquez was driving when Boyd reportedly hit them on April 23, 2011 while they were making their way to a resurrection service at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.

The fact that the victims lived can be considered an Easter miracle. The kids-ranging in ages from 10 to 16-suffered injuries including broken bones, cuts and scrapes. Some injuries required stitches to heal. Even though none of the injuries were life threatening, such a traumatic collision is a lot for anyone-especially young people-to go through.

Velasquez was also seriously injured and remained in the hospital for days after the other victims, but has since returned home. In all, 6 passengers were in the car with Velasquez during the accident; five were her children and one was a family friend.

Fortunately, no passengers were in Boyd's car. He was injured in the crash and stayed in the hospital several days. The additional aggravated charges he's facing-felony charges-came following his release from hospital treatment. He was in Guilford County Jail in Greensboro, but has since been released after posting a bond of $7,500.

Clearly, drunk driving can have big costs. I can't say in words how relieved I am that no one was killed in this wreck. Deaths happen all the time when drunk driving is involved. Maybe Ryan Boyd should consider himself lucky, too.

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