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One single person can destroy the lives of many when he or she gets behind the wheel after drinking. In some cases, the family and friends of injured victims of drunk driving are hurt forever–not to mention the injured person. In a recent case in High Point, North Carolina, a drunk driver crashed into a minivan, physically harming the family members inside.

Eight people went to local hospitals following an automobile accident on Saturday, April 23, 2011 in High Point, NC. A drunk driver, Ryan Boyd, 26, ran a red light at the intersection of Johnson Street and Skeet Club Road. His vehicle struck a minivan carrying a family on their way to an Easter service at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.

Mother of five, Maria Velasquez, 50, of Greensboro, was attempting to make a left turn when Ryan Boyd struck her minivan. She was airlifted to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center where she is still listed in critical condition with eight broken ribs and a collapsed lung. Her children—Ana Lopez, Francisco Lopez, Judy Lopez, Isabel Lopez and Jeranimo Lopez, and a family friend, Melissa Whipple—have all been released from the hospital. Melissa has 14 stitches in her head and many of the passengers were ejected from the vehicle. They are lucky not to have been injured more seriously.

Ryan Boyd is still in the hospital in serious condition. He has been charged with DWI and reckless driving. It is unclear whether or not he had additional passengers in the car with him at the time of the wreck or what their conditions may be. Additional charges are still pending as the investigation is ongoing.

As soon as an official accident report is released, it will be made available on

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