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."