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Update: Asheboro Police Reconstruct Fatal Wreck, Charge Aunt

7:16 PM, Feb 21, 2011   |    comments
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Asheboro, NC -- Asheboro Police used Highway 220 bypass Monday to reconstruct a weekend wreck that killed a 12-year-old and injured two others. The wreck happened around 12:30 p.m. Saturday near Sunset Avenue.

Monday, shortly after the reconstruction, police charged Reyna Patricia Valencia, of Phoenix, Arizona, with the death of the juvenile and other traffic violations. Police said she was driving when the crash happened and the two juveniles in the car were her nephews.

The crash occured when Valencia's 2003 Dodge Stratus ran off the road to the right, down an embankment, and flipped on its top, according to investigators.

They said Roland Benjamin Sierra, 12, was not wearing a seatbelt and died at the scene. His 14-year-old brother, Jose Sierra, was treated and released from Randolph Hospital. Valencia was airlifted to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

Valencia is charged with:

  • Driving While Impaired
  • Felony death by motor vehicle
  • 2 counts of felonious restraint
  • Failure to secure a passenger under 16
  • Open Container
  • Involuntary Manslaughter
  • Reckless Driving to endanger

Captain Jim Smith with Asheboro Police said Valencia is charged with 'Felonious restraint' because she didn't have the mother's permission to have the children with her.

The reconstruction was from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Monday. Investigators said the speed limit through the area is 55 mph, but they aren't sure how fast the car was traveling when it left the roadway.

WFMY News 2

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