The internet is devastated after the heart-wrenching news of Hunter Balberdi, Magdalyn Ogden, And Abriauna Hoffman’s death surfaced, making several headlines. Check out more details about them via this article.
As per the reports, Hunter Balberdi, Magdalyn Ogden, And Abriauna Hoffman were roommates studying at Grand Canyon University in their freshman year.
In an interview, the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) revealed that the roommate victims were killed by a driver headed the wrong way on I-17 on October 10, 2022. The accident occurred around 4 am, due to which the Northbound lanes of New River are closed.
According to FOXPhonenix, the culprit driver headed southbound in the northbound lanes collided with the student’s vehicle, and two other cars were traveling northbound.
The alleged wrong-way driver was unconscious at the scene and hospitalized. Meanwhile, the passengers of the other two cars were fine and doing well.
Who Are Hunter Balberdi, Magdalyn Ogden, And Abriauna Hoffman?
Hunter Balberdi, Magdalyn Ogden, And Abriauna Hoffman were identified as the three people killed in the crash as students of Grand Canyon University nearly 12 hours after the deadly crash.
As soon as the University claimed the victims of the crash were their students, the internet was flooded with tributes and condolences.
The first victim, Hunter Balberdi, was 19 years who, hailed from Wailuku, Hawaii, and was a pre-med student studying biology in her first year of Grand Canyon University.
The second victim was just 18 years, was a native of Clarkston, Washington. She was a classmate and roommate of Balberdi, with the same education and career path.
Similarly, the third victim, Magdalyn “Maggie” Ogden, was also 18. She was also a native of Clarkston, Washington, who was enrolled in marketing and advertising.
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What Happened To Hunter Balberdi, Magdalyn Ogden, And Abriauna Hoffman?
GCU Students Hunter Balberdi, Magdalyn Ogden, and Abriauna Hoffman were killed on interstate 17 Near Table Mesa Road in a tragic car crash.
Following the crash, the GCU family joined together to mourn the tragic loss of these students and requested to keep their families and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this devastating time.
The University, on its official Twitter handle, has confirmed the death of the students and is offering support for students at the Office of Student Care on the second floor of the Student Life Building.
Law enforcement suspects driver impairment, and the incident remains under investigation. The Police took the culprit of the wrong-way car to a Phoenix hospital with serious injuries.
How Did The Accident Happen?
According to reports received at roughly 4 am, the Arizona Department of Public Safety received information. On Monday, a driver was reported traveling the incorrect way on Interstate 17, around 48.28 kilometers (30 miles) north of Phoenix.
According to The Washington Post, The wrong-way car traveling southbound in the northbound lane lost its control and crashed into three vehicles. One of those vehicles was carrying three of those students.
Following the tragic mishap, two died at the scene, while Balberdi took the third to the hospital, where the Hawai native succumbed to her injuries but could not be saved.
ADPS revealed that Abriauna Hoffman and Magdalyn (Maggie) Ogden, both from Clarkston, died at the scene. However, The third victim, 19-year-old Hunter Elaine Kinohi Balberdi from Hawaii, died in the hospital.