Man feels 'blessed' after surviving brush with wrong-way driver

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The driver of the car is identified as Sarah Castillo-Cornejo, 24, of Peoria. (Source: gofundme) The driver of the car is identified as Sarah Castillo-Cornejo, 24, of Peoria. (Source: gofundme)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Jordan Cortez feels "blessed" that he survived an encounter with a wrong-way driver.

Cortez was leaving a Wal-Mart in Goodyear after doing some Black Friday shopping when he and his friend spotted headlights ahead.

"I asked my friend, 'are those headlights?' and she's like, 'they are,'" says Cortez.  "They were coming so fast."

Cortez says he called 911 and the dispatcher said troopers were already trying to track the wrong-way driver.  DPS says it first received reports the driver was on I-10 near the 101.

"She was right in the HOV lane next to me and she sped right past me," says Cortez.

Troopers were unable to prevent what happened next. They say the car, driven by a young Peoria mother of two, had collided with a Greyhound bus carrying dozens of passengers.

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

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

Cortez says he later learned what happened with the car he reported.

"We all kind of paused, and think, that could have been us."

DPS says impairment may have been a factor in the wrong-way crash. Cortez says he feels for the family grieving the loss of driver Sarah Castillo-Cornejo, and hopes others learn from the tragedy.

"I think there are too many options in the world we live in with cell phones and communication for us to not make the right decision," says Cortez. "Just reflecting over it, I feel blessed that I'm still here and my friends are still here and we were able to make it out."

 [Read more: Family of wrong-way driver who hit Greyhound bus has warning]

gofundme account has been set up for the mother of two children.

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