Jorge Badillo Jr., 31, is the man who was killed when his car was hit by a van driven by Shauna Ripley, 29, on Highway 151 near Callaghan Road Friday morning, San Antonio police said.
Police said Ripley was heading west in the eastbound lanes of Highway 151 near the Callaghan Rd./Old Highway 90 exit when her van plowed into Badillo’s Hyundai Elantra.
Badillo was taken to a hospital by ambulance where he died, a police report stated. Ripley also suffered serious injuries and was flown to the hospital by helicopter.
Investigators at the scene said they were not sure what may have caused Ripley to drive the wrong way on the highway.
However, according to the police report, officers had received several reports just minutes before the crash about a driver heading in the wrong direction on Highway 90.
The report stated that investigators believe Ripley was that driver spotted earlier. Police said it appears she made her way onto Highway 151 before officers responding to the calls could track her down.
Bryan Shepard arrived for work at a construction site near the accident scene minutes after it happened. He said he and his co-workers had a heads-up that something like this might happen: a warning message about the wrong-way driver flashing across electronic highway signs.
“The overhead signs were warning drivers of the wrong way driver. Use caution as you come up the freeway, and guys were keeping an eye out for everybody,” Shepard said. "When we saw the sign like that it just makes you real cautious about what you're doing and everything around you, your surroundings."
Shepard said he was relieved that no one he knows was involved in the crash, but he feels for those who were hurt and killed.
Police are still investigating the case and have not said whether Ripley will face criminal charges.