Driver charged in deadly High Point crash

Posted on: 8:39 am, March 27, 2013, by and , updated on: 07:12pm, March 27, 2013

HIGH POINT, N.C. — Police say a driver faces multiple felony charges after a deadly crash involving a pedestrian and two vehicles on Greensboro Road.

Capt. Mike Kirk with the High Point Police Department says 31-year-old Sengtavahn James Uprajay is charged with second-degree homicide, aggravated felony death by motor vehicle, aggravated serious injury by motor vehicle, DWI, driving left of center and driving with a revoked license.

The suspect is in jail under a $500,000 secured bond.  He has a court appearance set for 11 a.m. Wednesday.

The crash was reported shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday in the 900 block of Greensboro Road.

When officers arrived, police say they found 49-year-old Johnny Floyd had been fatally struck by a minivan.

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Police say it appears Uprajay was driving the minivan east on Greensboro Road when the vehicle went off the right side of the road, hit a ditch and struck Floyd, who was on foot.  The minivan then pulled back onto the roadway, crossed the center lines and collided with a car that was heading west.

“Uprajay used that car as weapon and took my cousin’s life,” Jonyshia Scruggs, Floyd’s cousin, said.

Uprajay and the driver of the other vehicle were both taken to an area hospital.  It was not clear if either driver was seriously injured or if there were any passengers in either vehicle.

Guilford County assitant District Attorney Howard Neumann says the only thing that stops repeat DWI offenders is jail time, and there needs to be tougher laws to keep DWI violators locked up longer.

“We’re pretty powerless and I hate to admit that but it’s true,” Neumann said.

Uprajay’s bond is set at $500,000.

His next court date is April 26.