Deliberate murder: Grace Elizabeth Ward, [seen in a wheelchair], appearing on court Thursday, told investigators that she deliberately carried out the maneuver because she wanted to kill herself
The death-seeking driver was arraigned Thursday on eight felony charges, including second-degree murder, authorities said.
Crash victim Ryan Folsom [photo], seen with his wife and two sons aged four and two, expected to be holding the latest addition to his family in weeks as his pregnant wife was due by the end of January
Grace Elizabeth Ward, the wrong-way driver was arrested Jan. 30 on eight felony charges, including second-degree murder, California authorities said.
She reportedly told investigators that she deliberately carried out the maneuver because she wanted to kill herself, Krcrtv.com reported.
Ryan Folsom, seen with his wife [left], and his family [right], did not live to fulfill his wish of becoming a doctor, killed at the hands of a maniacal road user
‘suicidal’ Grace Ward testified that she deliberately drove into oncoming traffic killing an aspiring doctor.. Ward crashed into Ryan Folsom’s Honda accord with such force, his car ended up in the ditch adjoining the freeway
Former BYU running back Ryan Folsom was just starting a medical career and was preparing to welcome his third child when he was killed by Ward’s car near Redding on the night of January 7.
Ward is alleged initially to have unsuccessfully tried to cross the center median where she collided with the cable barrier.
She was eventually able to get her vehicle through the cable by finding an opening meant for emergency vehicles. She then stopped her vehicle, facing in a south-westerly direction between the northbound and southbound lanes.
Officials say she waited in that area for about seven minutes before accelerating her vehicle into oncoming traffic by traveling northbound in the southbound lanes.
Three vehicles narrowly managed to avoid collisions with Ward before she struck Folsom’s car.
Ward’s car was also smashed into a pile of rubble and appears to have flipped after colliding with Folsom.
A witness at the scene told KDRV she tried to save Folsom’s life.
She said she felt for his pulse, which was there, but he was unable to speak.
‘It was really faint but it was there,’ she said of his pulse. ‘We were just talking to him telling him help was on the way, we’re here, you are not by yourself. we got no response it was just nothing.’