It is hard enough dealing with the loss of a 12 year old child, but for the Sierra family of Asheboro, it came at the hands of a family friend. Reyna Patricia Valencia, a friend of the Sierra family that was visiting Asheboro from Phoenix, Arizona, was driving 12 year old Roland Sierra and his 14 year old brother, Jose Sierra, without their parents knowledge or permission. Valencia was driving at a high rate of speed and under the influence of alcohol when her car left the roadway, overturned, hit an embankment, and came to a final rest against a road sign. Roland, who police believe was not properly restrained, was killed in the accident.
Valencia is charged with 4 felonies, including Driving While Impaired, Death by Motorvehicle, and Involuntary Manslaughter. She is being held on $250,000 bond.