Police: Man who struck, killed man on roadway was high

Mar. 27, 2013 @ 05:46 PM

A High Point man who struck a man walking on Greensboro Road Tuesday, now faces murder and DWI charges. 
Police say Senstavanh James Uprajay was high on narcotics when he struck and killed Johnny Floyd, 49.
Uprajay, 31, has been charged with second degree murder, aggravated felony death by motor vehicle, aggravated serious injury by motor vehicle, driving while impaired, driving left of center and driving while his license was revoked. He is being held in the Guilford County Jail under a $500,000 bond.
Uprajay was driving a Toyota minivan east on Greensboro Road on Tuesday afternoon when he drove off the right side of the road into a ditch, hit a mailbox, hit Floyd, then pulled back onto the roadway, according to an investigation by the High Police Traffic Unit.
Uprajay’s minivan then crossed the center line, in the lane of westbound traffic, before being hit by a Toyota driven by Laurence Webster, 68, of Jamestown, police said.
Floyd’s wife Cecilia, said she is glad charges have been filed, and said she plans to see that the love of her life gets justice. The Floyds moved to the area from Syracuse, N.Y., in October to get away from the crime and be closer to her son, Michael. The couple had been married for 10 years.
“John was a good man and made friends with everybody. He was a very social person,” she said. “He wanted to start a business for those who couldn’t get to the store. It was his way to stay busy. He always had to be busy.”
Floyd, of Willowood Drive, was walking back from the store when he was hit. According to friends and family, Floyd was known around the neighborhood as a handyman and the Candyman, selling candy and other snacks to those who couldn’t get to the store because of the busy Greensboro Road.
“The kids used to come over here every day to see him,” said Catie Coleman, Floyd’s daughter-in-law. “He was just a big-hearted person. If anyone needed any work done, he would do it. He didn’t want any money. He just loved to help.”
Floyd’s body will be shipped back to New York for the funeral service. Cecilia said that one of the hardest things she had to do was let his parents and siblings know.
“Our family is distraught, devastated and very upset right now. It affected a lot of people,” she said.
Cecilia said right now, her job is stay here to represent her husband. She said she is very emotional and very angry.
“I intend to stay here long enough to see this through and see what happens to him, (Uprajay)” she said.”
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