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Wrong-way driver arrested after crash on Loop 202

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Wrong way crashes have been in the news a lot this summer. Late Tuesday night two people were injured in another crash in the east valley.

The driver that caused this crash has been arrested.

DPS officials say the first 911 call came in around 9:56 p.m. from the 202 Red Mountain Freeway and Dobson. Four minutes later the driver crashed into a car at Gilbert Rd.

"I would have been done. Like, we would have hit head on, and that could have been me on the news last night," said Emily Jackson.

17-year-old Emily Jackson was driving home on the 202 last night when she nearly collided with a wrong-way driver.

"I was going at least 70-75 miles per hour, she had to have been doing the same as me or a little faster, because she was coming fast... it was like 30 feet in front of me, and I was able to serve over. Luckily I didn't hit anybody when I was swerving," said Jackson.

Emily swerved in time but another driver wasn't so lucky. They were hit moments after Emily's close call. That victim survived but is seriously injured with a broken leg.

DPS believe that the wrong-way driver 33-year-old Erin Corona was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. FOX 10 learned through public records that Corona was convicted of extreme DUI in 2004.

"I hope she stays in jail for a long time. I really do, because that's not cool. What she did was wrong," said Jackson.

Emily has only had her license for a year and was so shaken by the close call last night that she says it will be a while before she drivers on the freeway again.

"Every time I tried to close my eyes, I see that car in my vision as soon as I close my eyes, and it's horrible. It's not fair, because she chose to be dumb last night," she said.

James Stevens also witnessed the crash. He was behind the vehicle that the wrong-way driver crashed into on the freeway. He was able to pull off the road and help the victim.  "I was on my way out to my mothers house... it was around 9:45 p.m." he said.

But what started out as an ordinary trip quickly turned into what could have been a deadly one. "I actually had to go around her, luckily she stopped or she would have hit me," said Stevens.

He credits his training and experience working at a driving education school as teaching him to look ahead, a lesson he says saved his life.

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