Arizona’s NEW RIVER (3TV/CBS 5) — According to authorities, a wrong-way driver struck their automobile on Interstate 17 close to New River on Monday morning, killing three Grand Canyon University students.
A Car travelling the wrong way collided with three other vehicles just before 4 a.m. on the highway near Table Mesa Road in the northbound lanes. In one of the automobiles that was struck, two persons perished on the spot, while a third perished later at a hospital. GCU announced the three women in a message to students, teachers, and staff on Monday afternoon.
- 18-year-old Abriauna Hoffman from Clarkston, WA
- Magdalyn (Maggie) Ogden, 18, from Clarkston, WA
- Hunter Balberdi, 19, from Wailuku, HI
The three females shared a suite at the Diamondback Residence Hall as freshmen. According to the university, Hoffman majored in business and advertising while Balberdi, Ogden, and Hoffman were pre-med students studying biology.
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The driver of the wrong-way vehicle, survived the collision and was taken to the hospital, said the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Researchers are still trying to determine whether intoxication played a role in the collision. The other two automobiles’ drivers weren’t critically harmed when they were struck.
Tom Srail claims to have only known Ogden for a short time, but he claims that she had a big impact on him. “A very sweet person who enjoyed laughing and seeing others have a wonderful day. She enjoyed travelling and attending concerts, according to Srail. “I learned about it from a buddy. He very recently told me, maybe an hour or so ago, and I was pretty heartbroken. It was difficult to handle, especially in light of the recent news. It occurs frequently. The news is never what you want to hear.
The news left a lot of pupils feeling uneasy. “I’m really depressed. That is the initial point. I was shocked when one of my pals texted me about it. Just heartbreaking to imagine what their families are presumably going through at this very moment. Junior Matthew Kerin remarked, “I can’t even begin to imagine.
Students claim they have received advice about driving off campus. They advise you not to drive during your first year of college simply because it is so terrifying. And to learn that three freshmen died in car accidents. It’s depressing to consider. Freshman Haven Aumock remarked, “It tears my heart. “Students find it to be really worrisome; in a way, it makes us reluctant to leave campus because you never know what can occur. Who knows if this may be the last time you drive anywhere,” commented Jelissa Hansen, a senior.
Crews were able to reopen the freeway before noon despite the northbound lanes being closed for most of the morning.
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Here is the whole letter from GCU:
Message to students, faculty and staff:
It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we share with you that three GCU students passed away this morning after a four-vehicle collision on I-17 reportedly involving a wrong-way driver.
The three female GCU students — Abriauna Hoffman, Hunter Balberdi and Magdalyn (Maggie) Ogden — were all freshmen and suitemates in Diamondback Residence Hall. The next of kin for each of the students have been notified.
Both Hunter, 19, from Wailuku, HI, and Maggie, 18, of Clarkston, WA, were pre-med students studying biology. Adriana, 18, also of Clarkston, WA, was a marketing and advertising major.
According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the incident occurred just before 4 a.m. north of New River near Table Mesa Road when a vehicle travelling southbound in the northbound lanes collided with vehicles travelling northbound.
The three GCU students were occupants in one vehicle. Two were pronounced dead at the scene and the third died later after being taken to a hospital in critical condition.
DPS said the driver, and sole occupant, of the wrong-way vehicle, was transported to a hospital. The single drivers of the other two involved vehicles sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
As the GCU family joins together to mourn the tragic loss of these students, we ask that you keep their families and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time and know that God is always there for us.
“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
The Office of Student Care staff is available on the second floor of the Student Life Building (Bldg. 26 — 602-639-7007 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to assist any students who need support or counselling.
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