Wrong Way Driver Sentenced To Life In Prison

A 28-year-old woman has been sentenced for intentionally running head-on into another driver on Interstate Five, killing him. On January 7th, Grace Elizabeth Ward was distraught and suicidal, and had been talking on her cell phone to someone about her intent to kill herself. She sat on the roadside for about 7 minutes before driving through the median cable barrier and heading south in the northbound lanes. Ward drove directly toward another car. The driver was able to swerve out of the way so ward tried to hit another car, and then another, finally making head-on contact near Riverside Drive in Anderson with a car driven by a medical student from Oregon. 29-year-old Ryan John Folsom died of his injuries after arriving at the hospital. He left behind a wife and three kids. Ward suffered a broken leg. At a sentencing hearing on Friday, Ryan’s wife Lauren and his mother Mindy both described the devastation of their heartbreaking loss. Then, incredibly, both offered Ward their forgiveness. The case didn’t go to trial because Ward pled to second degree murder and three counts of assault with a deadly weapon. She’s been sentenced to life in prison, but she’ll be eligible for parole after 18 years.

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