North Carolina sisters dead after wrong-way crash in Phoenix

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PHOENIX , AZ (KNXV) — Three people are dead, including two Grand Canyon University students, after an overnight wrong-way crash on the Interstate 17 in north Phoenix early Friday morning.

The mother of the victims, Cathy Hocking, identified the victims as Karli and Kelsey Richardson of North Carolina. Karli was slated to graduate from GCU in the spring and Kelsey was in town visiting.

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“They wanted to do things first, together, as sisters,” Hocking said. “They wanted to drive to the Grand Canyon and be there when the sun came up.”

Phoenix Fire Captain Reda Bigler says two vehicles were involved in the crash with Karli and Kelsey in one vehicle and a 22-year-old driver in the other vehicle. All three were pronounced dead at the scene.

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