Friends remember teen killed by wrong-way driver

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

MESA, Ariz. -- Olivia Wilson only attended Desert Ridge High School for a year, but she rose quickly to become one of the top female volleyball players at the school and touched many with her vibrant personality, friends say.

Wilson was killed on Monday night when a driver headed the wrong way on the Interstate 17 slammed into her head-on.

Friends say Wilson, 17, had been heading home to East Mesa from the West Valley where she'd been visiting with old friends.

"This girl was amazing, she was really, really influential in her high school and she will be missed " said Taylor Summers, captain of the Desert Ridge girl's volleyball team.

Wilson's  best friend, Marissa Arbuckle, said Wilson was known for her ability to make people laugh.

The driver who crashed into Wilson was also killed. Authorities believe he was drunk.

"I'm just angry, knowing the driver was drunk, it just makes it worse because it could have been prevented," Arbuckle said.

A passenger who was in the car with Wilson survived the crash.

Wilson's teammates will hold a candlelight vigil on the school's football field Friday at 7:45 p.m.

In addition, they are hosting a car wash to raise money to help Wilson's family cover her funeral expenses. It's Saturday, June 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Valero on Ellsworth and Guadalupe roads.

They say they plan to honor her memory by displaying her team jersey on the bench throughout the upcoming volleyball season.