Drunk Driver Crashes Into Eight People Outside Loveland Restaurant
Loveland, CO – Eight people were sitting outside a Dairy Queen at U.S. 34 and Lincoln in Loveland on Saturday, May 18.
An impaired driver jumped the curb and crashed directly into the restaurant’s picnic tables.
Bob and Carol Hendry and their grandchildren were eating outside when the vehicle, driven by 31-year-old Michael DuPuis, hit their table.
The vehicle was estimated to be traveling 50 miles per hour at the time of the crash.
The crash sent Bob Hendry flying into the parking lot, with his wife and grandchildren briefly trapped beneath the vehicle before being rescued by bystanders.
“We were enjoying our ice cream. And, all of a sudden, this car came out of nowhere,” Carol Hendry said. “Bodies flying. Bricks flying. Kids screaming and crying. It was awful.”
Another family, yet to be identified to the public, was more severely injured. One woman was pinned beneath a table before being rescued.
Many are seen, in video provided by Dairy Queen, running across the highway to help those in need. Dairy Queen staff were applauded for jumping into action quickly. Some called 911, others assisted the injured.
While her husband recovers from a broken back, and another family continues their treatment, Carol Hendry called on judges to enforce a maximum sentence.
“I hope that he realizes he almost wiped out two families, killed eight people,” Carol Hendry said. “Life is precious. You treasure it every day.”
DuPuis was arrested on DUI and vehicular assault charges and remains in the Larimer County jail.
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