Former teacher of wrong-way crash victim speaks out

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

GILBERT, Ariz. -- Three violent crashes in a week claimed the lives of seven people.

A smashed-up car and wrecked truck was the scene of that accident that left Michael Ruquet and Ashley Adea dead Sunday.

It happened just before 2:00 a.m. on the eastbound lanes of Loop 202, when a pickup truck going the wrong way hit the car the young couple was driving.

DPS said 68-year-old Patricia Murphy was the driver of that truck, and her 9-year-old grandson was the passenger.

According to Facebook, Ruquet was originally from New Jersey and had been going out with Adea since 2012.

Adea is a 2011 Basha High School graduate and was studying business.

Kate Nall was one of Adea's teachers from Basha High. She said she wasn't ready to go on camera to talk about Adea just yet, but she said, "She was one of the sweetest most caring girls I remember. She always had a nice thing to say and always had a positive attitude. She was a lot of fun to have in class, to work with and to watch grow. It is sad to see a tragedy like this happen to someone so special. The world is at a loss with her gone"

DPS said the driver from this latest crash is expected to survive. She is still in the hospital and expected to stay there for a couple weeks. DPS said her grandson is doing better.

DPS is still looking into whether she was intoxicated when that crash happened.

Just two days before this accident, another wrong-way driver caused a collision that claimed the lives of three people.

That wrong-way driver was also injured, and last week, a wrong-way driver hit a Mesa police officer who died from the crash.

The driver was killed as well.