Family of wrong-way driver who hit Greyhound bus has warning

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MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The family of a woman who DPS troopers said was driving the wrong way on the Interstate 10 early Friday morning said they are devastated.

Investigators say 24-year-old Sarah Castillo-Cornejo crashed head-on into a greyhound bus.She died at the scene 13 bus passengers were sent to the hospital.

[Read more: Head-on crash kills wrong-way driver; 13 aboard bus hurt]

"She had a lot going for her, and it's just sad, you make one mistake and it cost you your life," said her aunt, Lorena Rios. She said she is mourning the loss of her niece, who leaves behind a three-year-old girl and one-year-old little boy.

"She's a ray of sunshine, when she comes in the room, everyone knows," Lorena Rios said. "You never see her sad. She's a good person."

She said Cornejo spent the Thanksgiving holiday with family. Her cousin, Luisa Rios, said when everyone went home, she got a text from Cornejo.

"She texted me," Luisa Rios said. "My last goodbye was, 'Ok, I love you,' and I was thankful to say, 'I love you' back before everything happened. That was the last message I got from her."

It's unclear whether Cornejo went straight home. But DPS said before 2:30 in the morning Friday, after getting calls of a wrong-way driver on the I-10 east of the Loop 303, her car hit a bus carrying 39 people. Investigators said Cornejo died at the scene and may have been impaired.

"Call someone when you're drinking," Luisa Rios said. "My cousin, this was a mistake. I just wish she asked someone to pick her up instead of driving."

"I would've done anything to go and pick her up that night," Lorena Rios said. "It doesn't matter what I was doing, I would have gone there and picked her up, so if there's anyone thinking about driving while you're drinking, it's not a good idea and please call for help."

Her family set up a GoFundMe account to help with expenses.

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