Family, friends mourn Michael Ruquet, Ashley Adea, victims of wrong-way crash

CHANDLER - Family and friends are trying to understand why a driver, went the wrong way on the Loop 202 and killed their best friends.

The Department of Public Safety says early Sunday morning, a wrong-way driver hit and killed 25-year-old Michael Ruquet and his passenger, 20-year-old Ashley Adea.

Amanda Hesser and Zach Wellner say they’re best friends with the victims.

“We were the four amigos,” said Wellner.

“She was my best friend, we were inseparable,” said Hesser.

The four were all hanging out at a friend’s house before the crash.

Hesser says she learned about the accident from Ashley’s mom.

“I got a phone call from Ashley’s mom asking where she was,” said Hesser.

Adea’s cousin Rheana Lacerna said, "I think it's ridiculous that it's after the third tragedy that they have to call emergency meetings."

She said authorities should've taken action sooner after the first wrong-way crash last week.

"I'm just going to miss-you know-calling her when I needed her. She was always there for me," Lacerna said.

Close family friend Sylvia Bounds said Ashley had found real happiness with Michael. He was even planning to pop the question.

She said, "It's all been taken away. We're never going to see her walk down the aisle. We're never going to see her babies."

Sunday morning’s crash was the third fatal wrong-way accident in less than a week.

It now has them wondering, what can be done to stop the deadly trend?

“How can someone drive so long and nobody no DPS or anybody see them?” said Wellner.

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