Seventeen-year-old Olivia Wilson of Mesa, Arizona was killed in a three-car fatal car accident on Interstate 17 when a van travelling the wrong direction in her lane crashed head-on into her Toyota. Wilson was set to enter her senior year at Desert Ridge High School.
The driver of the van was also killed in the double-fatal crash. Arizona Department of Public Safety investigators believe that alcohol may have played a role in the I-17 wreck. A passenger in the van, Rhianna Valle, was injured in the crash that also involved a Jeep. The driver of the Jeep along with a passenger riding with Wilson was not hurt.
I-17 was closed for over 5 hours from Monday night to Tuesday morning as DPS gathered evidence and crews cleaned up the scene of the fatal crash. The name of the wrong-way driver has not been released.
Wilson was a member of the volleyball team at Desert Ridge High School. Her teammates gathered to remember her and support each other on Tuesday morning following the tragic crash. A candlelight vigil will be held in her honor at 7:45 pm this Friday on the school's football field and her jersey will be displayed on the team's bench during the upcoming volleyball season.
Wilson's team has organized a car wash Saturday morning to help cover the unexpected funeral expenses. The car wash will be held at the Valero station on Ellsworth and Baseline Roads from 10-2.
Source: CBS5AZ, "DPS: Alcohol might be factor in fatal I-17 crash," Steve Stout and Breann Bierman, May 29, 2012
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