A woman from Red Bluff, California now faces criminal charges after her alleged suicide attempt took the life of a young husband and father. In early January, 28-year-old Grace Ward drove on the wrong state of an interstate, allegedly to end her own life, NBC 4 reports.
Ward did not die in the crash that occurred when she hit oncoming traffic. Instead, she suffered a broken leg. The crash did have a fatality: Ryan Folson, a father of three and a former football player at Brigham Young University. Folson, 29, also attended medical school. In fact, he was en route to a hospital to interview for a residency when Ward crashed into him.
Other cars managed to swerve out of Ward’s way after she allegedly drove down the wrong side of the freeway.
“She intentionally was driving and swerving towards them,” Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett said, according to CBS News. Bridgett called Ward’s actions “selfish.”
After her release from the hospital on Tuesday, Ward was arrested and since charged with second-degree murder, according to CBS News. She has been given a $1.5 million bail.
"She made a choice, a purposeful choice to use her vehicle and driving in a fashion that was reckless and dangerous with a complete disregard,” Bridgett said in court.
Folsom's wife is currently pregnant with their third child. A GoFundMe account has raised more than $300,000 for her and the children.
Ward has not yet entered a plea and she doesn’t have an attorney who can speak on her behalf yet. She was in a wheelchair during her first appearance in court.
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