More than a year after driving under the influence of alcohol and causing a major car wreck on Mt. Rose Highway, Incline Village resident Terry Boyes was sentenced on Tuesday to two consecutive terms of four to 12 years in prison.But Debbie Collins, who was driving the car Boyes hit head-on, doesn't feel any closure from Boyes' sentencing."It doesn't change anything really," Collins said. "It's not making me better, my daughter is still afraid to get behind the wheel of a car and my husband isn't going to be whole."On May 26, 2006 Collins and her family were headed down the mountain to Reno for her husband Leyton's birthday celebration. Boyes was speeding toward Incline Village at 82 miles per hour and crossed over the double yellow lines and slammed head-on into Debbie and Leyton Collins, according to court documents.
He admitted to Trooper Steven Timm of the Nevada Highway Patrol, to speeding 50 mph in a 45 mile per hour zone and to drinking one or two glasses of wine, according to the Washoe County District Attorney's office. The Nevada Highway Patrol had his blood tested and he had a blood alcohol level more than two times the legal limit at .19 percent.Debbie Collins suffered a shattered right heel, shattered right kneecap, broken right and left wrists, compound fracture to the left arm, punctured lung, broken collar bone, broken nose, broken ocular bone and numerous cuts and contusions. Layton Collins suffered a left broken upper tibia plateau fracture, a broken left scapula, a contusion to his left eye and forehead and a torn aorta.Boyes pleaded guilty on Aug. 10. He could have received a maximum eight to 20-year sentence on each charge and that could have been run consecutively for a total of 16 to 40 years, Deputy District Attorney Gemma Waldron said. Due to his light criminal history, which included a misdemeanor DUI in 1999, Boyes received a total of eight to 24 years in prison and a $4,000 fine.Collins expressed sympathy for the Boyes family.
"He needs to pay for what he did but his family also has to pay for it," Collins said. "He has two young kids at home who aren't going to have a dad and his wife isn't going to have him."Kimberly Collins, then 17, was the only family member to remember the crash.Kimberly, now age 18, is also in no hurry to get her driver's license, although she has gotten her permit, Collins added.The family also moved to Reno from Incline Village because Debbie Collins said the family couldn't handle the snow after the accident.
Medical bills for the Collins family are approaching $1 million and more surgeries to repair the injuries suffered are scheduled for both Debbie and Leyton, Waldron said."These types of cases are harder than a murder case for a prosecutor," Waldron said. "You get to know the victims and see just how devastating drinking and driving can be on innocent lives. In this case, they were just going to Reno to celebrate Leyton's birthday. It was almost his last."Boyes apologized to the family and asked for their forgiveness in which each Collins family member said that their faith commands that they have already forgiven him, not for his sake, but rather, for themselves to move forward, Waldron said."It makes me wish so much that he hadn't gotten behind the wheel," Debbie Collins said.