A Colorado couple and the man's two young daughters were recovering Tuesday from serious injuries suffered last week when their minivan was rear-ended by an alleged drunken driver as they headed to the airport for a surprise Disney vacation.
Ryan Bragazzi was driving his fiancee and daughters, ages 5 and 7, to Denver International Airport for the trip last Thursday morning when the crash unfolded, CBS Denver reported. The family never made it out of Colorado.
“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 told the news station.
The family was caught in a traffic jam as troopers investigated a separate drunken driving incident. Another suspected drunken driver in a pickup truck slammed into the back of their van and pushed them underneath a semi-truck, investigators said.
The crash occurred in Monument at around 2:30 a.m.
Paramedics rushed the family to nearby hospitals. Bragazzi suffered several broken ribs, a broken vertebrae and a laceration to his back.
Doctors treated his fiancee, identified only as Jessica, for a severe head wound. The conditions of the young girls were unclear.
However, friends say the family's medical bills have mounted significantly. They set up a GoFundMe page aiming to raise $8,000, saying the crash will keep Bragazzi out of work for months.
"They will need all the help they can get. Anything you can do to help this family would be so appreciated whether it be financial or a prayer," friend Amanda Salazar wrote.
“We’re certainly hoping for the best with everyone who was involved with it,” Lewis added. Police did not give details on the suspect.