Disney World Surprise Ends in DUI Disaster: Cops

Suspected drunk driver plows into Colorado family on way to airport for dream vacation
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 26, 2016 8:44 AM CDT
Disney World Surprise Ends in DUI Disaster: Cops
The family's minivan, crushed beneath a truck.   (GoFundMe)

A Colorado dad who'd planned to surprise his family with a trip to Disney World was headed to the airport with them early Thursday when an alleged drunk driver crashed into their minivan, dashing the Disney plans and putting all four family members in the hospital, CBS Denver reports. Per GoFundMe, Ryan Bragazzi was stuck in traffic with his fiancee, Jessica, and their two young daughters, 7-year-old Graelyn and 5-year-old Abriella, around 2:30am as, coincidentally, police were investigating a different DUI incident near Monument. Suddenly, a speeding vehicle smashed into them, shoving their minivan into and underneath a FedEx semi-truck. "They did absolutely nothing wrong and they received the brunt end of this for just being in the wrong place at the wrong time," Colorado State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis tells CBS.

All four were taken from the scene by ambulance with severe injuries, including a head wound for Jessica and broken ribs and vertebrae for Bragazzi, as well as a laceration on his back. Graelyn was admitted to a local children's hospital with unspecified injuries; CBS notes her younger sister was also treated. The GoFundMe page, which has already raised more than $6,000 toward an $8,000 goal, was reportedly put in place by a relative who notes Bragazzi, the family's main breadwinner, will be laid up and out of work for a couple of months. Meanwhile, Lewis reminds people that a drunk driver can strike at any time. "It is not limited to just a Friday or Saturday night or a special weekend," he tells CBS. (A Houston man got life in prison for his string of DWIs.)

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