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New details revealed in wrong way crash, family shares memories

ABC15 is studying new details a few wrong way crash that killed three freshman GCU college students.

The crash occurred early Monday morning on I-17 close to desk Mesa Rd.

DPS say they do not know the place the wrong way driver entered the interstate, however based mostly on 911 calls, investigators consider he drove at the least 10 miles going the wrong route.

“I always called her Abe was one of my best friends, and I was lucky enough to be her sister as well,” mentioned Abriauna Hoffman’s sister Trisnani Woodbury.

Melati Woodbury, one among Abriauna’s 5 different siblings, and Trisnani describe her as robust and sassy.

Tuesday, they learn a tribute they wrote for his or her sister and their different pal, Maggie Ogden, who was additionally killed in the crash.

The two have been each from the identical city in Washington state.

“The three of us did everything together,” mentioned Trisnani. “We were teammates, best friends, and our chosen family.”

Just in the future after the crash, the sisters want they might hug Abe and Maggie.

Friends at GCU inform ABC15, the 2 women have been driving as much as the Grand Canyon with their pal Hunter Balberdi once they have been hit.

“They had so much life ahead of them that was just taken from them by a careless decision,” mentioned Trisnani.

DPS mentioned the driving force is a 25-year previous man from Tempe, and are not releasing his identify as a result of he is nonetheless in the hospital, however ABC15 was advised investigators do suspect impairment.

“Of course this is a horrific accident that happened but it didn’t have to happen,” mentioned Melati.

In the final week there have been at the least three wrong way crashes in and across the Valley.

Those crashes killed 4 individuals.

This most up-to-date, hit Director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Alberto Gutier particularly onerous.

“I feel so horrible for the family,” mentioned Gutier.

In 2018, ADOT began utilizing thermal cameras to assist spot wrong way drivers.

The pilot program began on a stretch of the I-17 and has expanded to different areas in the valley.

ADOT despatched ABC15 this record of thermal cameras that function at off-ramps alongside.

I-10 between Seventh Ave (close to the tunnel) and Dysart Road (Avondale space).

Loop 101 (Price Freeway) between US 60 and Loop 202 (Santan Freeway) in Chandler.

Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) between I-17 and Princess Drive in the north Valley.

Loop 101 (Agua Fria Freeway) between forty third Avenue and Bell Road (northwest Valley) and on the Loop 101/Northern Avenue interchange in the West Valley.

Loop 202 (South Mountain Freeway) between fortieth Street (Ahwatukee space) and I-10 (West Phoenix).

Loop 303 from Thomas Road in Goodyear to I-17 in north Phoenix.

But, Gutier says stopping impaired drivers is tough.

“DPS does a great job but again you going to put an officer everywhere, you can’t,” mentioned Gutier.

He mentioned thermal cameras are costly and might’t be positioned in all places both.

As DPS investigates the crash, Abe’s sister need’s individuals to know.

“It could have been completely avoidable,” mentioned Melati. “We lost three stunning individuals due to it, and that is going to have an effect on our family perpetually.”

We are working to get in contact with the opposite pupil’s households.

As we get in contact with them, we’re sharing some fundraisers to help them on our web site.

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