Investigators have released 911 calls from concerned drivers during a wrong-way crash on a Wise County road that left four dead, including a justice of the peace.
State troopers say that, for some reason, Precinct 2 Justice Terri Johnson was driving the wrong direction on Hwy. 287 on Saturday evening. She was killed when her car slammed into an SUV head-on in the northbound lanes of the highway.
Three adults in the SUV were killed. They were identified as 31-year-old Juan Rios and 50-year-old Sherry Rios, both of Quahnah.Amy Culwell, 35 of Chillicothe, was also killed.
Troopers say they found no indication that Johnson was driving under the influence. The first 911 call came in at 5:44 p.m. on Saturday, 12 minutes prior to the fatal crash.
911 callers thought the driver on Hwy. 287 was a man.
"Yes ma’am, uh, there’s a…there's a man I believe is, uh, intoxicated driving, uh, back here…the rest area north side of Decatur,” one caller told a dispatcher. “…He's come all the way from the shoulder, all the way over into that lane, uh, in the center, in the median there. And he's been doing that about four or five miles through Decatur and into the county."
Dispatchers were desperate for more information while on the phone, and a frightened caller described a near miss.
"Up ahead, he’s just almost running off the road right now,” said another caller.
"What kind of vehicle is it?" asked the dispatcher.
"Oh, he's about to hit a car! Oh my gosh! He almost hit that car! Oh, he ran off the road,” said the caller.
The car continued off the road into the grassy median for quite some time before going the wrong way.
"He's going the wrong way,” the caller told the dispatcher.
"Where is he at right now?" said the dispatcher.
"He's on the opposite side,” said the caller. “He's going the wrong way on the road."
"He's on the opposite side of 287?" asked the dispatcher.
"He's gonna kill someone,” said the caller.
Units could not get to Johnson in time to stop her Passat from plowing into a Chevy Blazer. A 4-year-old who was also in the Blazer survived and was taken to a Fort Worth hospital.
The Department of Public Safety continues to investigate.
While Johnson was a diabetic, troopers say they’ll wait for the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s ruling to try and determine what went wrong on Saturday.
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