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2 Sisters Killed When College Student Driving Wrong Way on Freeway Smashes Into Them

(Arizona Department of Public Safety/ handout) (Arizona Department of Public Safety/ handout)

Two North Carolina sisters were killed after a college student driving the wrong way on the freeway crashed into their car in Arizona early Friday morning.

Karli Arlene Richardson, 20, and her sister Kelsey Mae Richardson, 18, died after 22-year-old Keaton Allison hit them at a speed of 80 mph on Interstate 17, authorities said. 

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Police said Allison drove the wrong way on the freeway for five to six miles before hitting the sisters. He was also pronounced dead at the scene. 

Kelsey, who attended Western Carolina University, was visiting her big sister over the weekend, according to reports. The women were headed to the Grand Canyon to watch the sunrise when the crash happened, according to WBTV. 

Karli attended Grand Canyon University, as did Allison.

Cathryn and Gary Hocking, Karli and Kelsey's parents, told WBTV that the reality of what happened hasn't hit them yet. 

"I know my children are in heaven, but I do wish they were still here with me," their mother said.

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In a statement posted to Facebook, Grand Canyon University said: “It is with great sorrow and heavy hearts that we share the news that three people, including two students from Grand Canyon University, were killed in a wrong-way driver accident last night on Interstate 17. As a close-knit community of students, faculty and staff, please keep these families in your thoughts and prayers during this tragic time.”

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