High School student from Mesa killed by wrong-way driver

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by Steve Ryan

azfamily.com

Posted on May 29, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 29 at 7:22 PM

MESA, Ariz. -- Loved ones are mourning the loss of a promising young high school volleyball player from Mesa. 

Olivia Wilson was killed when a wrong-way driver collided with her car along the I-17 Monday night.

"This was a young lady with her whole life in front of her, a talented, sweet kid, a good natured human being. It shouldn't go this way," said Desert Ridge High School Principal, Daniel Coombs.

Olivia was driving northbound along the I-17 near the I-10 interchange when the driver of a minivan collided with her car. 

The driver of the minivan should have been going southbound. 

He was also killed. 

DPS is waiting to find out from autopsy results whether he was under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or perhaps suffered a medical episode, or was fatigued.

Two other people were hurt, but they're expected to survive.

"To Olivia, her friends, her mom, her stepfather, her father, her extended family, Desert Ridge High School loved her, respected her, and will continue to do so. Her memory lives on.  She was a great kid," said Coombs.

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