Desert Ridge High School senior Olivia Wilson was killed late Monday night in a wrong-way, head-on collision in Phoenix.
Wilson, 17, a popular varsity volleyball player from Mesa, was hit while driving a Toyota southbound on I-17 near Van Buren Street, said Bart Graves, a spokesman for the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
A van driving the wrong way onto the freeway toward oncoming traffic hit Wilson's Toyota head-on at 11:05 p.m., and then a Jeep collided with the car and van, Graves said.
The driver of the van who’s name has not been released, also died. Investigators suspect alcohol may be a factor and the accident is still under investigation, Graves said.
Desert Ridge High Principal Dan Coombs said Wilson was a "very hard working and very nice kid." He called her teachers today to give them the news, and everyone is "shocked and unhappy." Desert Ridge High, in Mesa, is in the Gilbert Public Schools district.
"She was a very well-liked kid who always put out her best," Coombs said. "This is a completely senseless and tragic thing."
Wilson's 16-year-old female passenger, and a passenger in the Jeep, was not seriously injured, Graves said.
The wreck forced the closure of the roadway, and the road was reopened shortly after 5:30am on tuesday.
Investigators “suspect” alcohol? Are you kidding me???
Why. Why? Why? Why?
How drunk do you have to be to drive THE WRONG WAY onto a freeway?
This is sad, and very pathetic. An innocent person is dead, and lives are destroyed. For what?
So senseless. I really hope the van driver had lots of insurance coverage.
Small consolation folks, but better than no insurance coverage.