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Park View varsity football players Jeb Redman, Kion Gilliam, Ryan Little, Jaylen Brown and German Neville carry a tribute banner to Briana Bugg onto the field prior to the football game Friday night in South Hill. (Stephen Hinzman photo)
SoVaNow.com / September 13, 2017
As memorials continue for Briana Bugg, the 17-year-old Park View student who was killed in a three-car crash Sept. 2 in North Carolina, criminal charges are mounting for the driver held responsible for the girl’s death.

Glenn Ryland, 45, of Hollister, N.C. has been charged with second degree murder in addition to the original charge of driving while intoxicated that was lodged shortly after the fatal crash. The second degree murder charge reflects the suspected use of alcohol as a contributing factor in the crash, according North Carolina Highway Patrol officer Scott Richardson.

Ryland also faces charges of driving left of center and driving while license revoked. He remains hospitalized after the crash but is subject to a Nov. 27 court date in Halifax County, N.C., where the Hollister community is located.

The fatal crash less than two weeks ago is the third time in less than three years that Ryland has been accused of driving while intoxicated. According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety Offender Public Information site, Ryland was sentenced on June 2, to 24 months probation for driving while intoxicated on Feb. 26, 2016. An earlier conviction, on May 27, 2016, carried a sentence of 18 months probation for driving while intoxicated on Jan. 9, 2015.

His prison sentence was suspended following both convictions.

The collision which resulted in the death of Briana occurred around 12:30 p.m. Sept. 2 when Ryland crossed the center line while heading north on Highway 43 near Hollister, according to police reports.

He immediately pulled into the path of and collided with the Ford Edge driven by Briana’s father Glenn Bugg. The impact pushed Bugg’s vehicle into a third car, a Suburban driven by Krystal Hamledge of LaCrosse. . At the time of the crash, the Bugg family — Briana, her parents Glen and Tracy and sister Meghann — were heading to Greenville, N.C. to attend the JMU-ECU football game.

Briana died Sunday at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville where she was taken following the crash.

A celebration of life was held for Briana on Saturday, Sept. 9 at South Hill United Methodist Church, and live streamed from the Chapel. A tribute to her was set t0 take place Tuesday, at the Park View High School varsity girls volleyball game.

Briana was a member of the volleyball team as well as the Dragon Band, Key Club, and the softball team. She was named to serve as Beta Club president this school year. She was a member of the United Methodist Youth Fellowship and previously was a member of the Children’s Theatre of South Hill.

Her family requests that those desiring to make donations in Briana’s memory consider one of the following organizations: Park View Beta Club, volleyball, softball or band, 205 Park View Circle, South Hill, VA 23970, the Children’s Theater of South Hill, 1222 Valley Road, South Hill, VA 23970, Halifax County EMS, 73 Industrial Drive, Halifax, NC 27839, or Southside Rescue Squad, 810 W. Atlantic Street, South Hill, VA 23970.

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