On Saturday night, 911 dispatcher Jenna Bixby was fatally struck by a wrong-way driver on a highway in Minneapolis. The 30-year-old, who died on the scene, was hit head-on by an SUV driven by Richard J. Shaka, a retired 72-year-old pastor, reported Fox News.
According to FOX9, police are saying that alcohol was a factor in the crash. Shaka survived, but was still in critical condition as of the weekend.
"We just want to know why," Nikki Orlicki, Bixby's sister, told FOX9. "We don't understand. Why her? She was going to work to save people, and somebody decided to take her life and didn't care."
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey reacted to Bixby’s death with a statement that read: "Minneapolis’ Emergency Communications staff work day-and-night to keep people safe. As a 911 Dispatcher, that’s what Jenna Bixby did for years – and what she was on her way to do at City Hall when her life was tragically taken late last night. My thoughts are with her family, friends, neighbors and all of her colleagues in City Hall who are mourning her loss. She was an extraordinary person.”
Bixby has worked there for almost four years, the Star Tribune reported. She has left behind a grieving husband.
“Please know that I never stopped loving you with all my heart, and I will never stop loving you,” her husband Daniel wrote on Facebook on Sunday, according to the Star Tribune.
No charges have been announced yet against Shaka. He founded the All Nations Christian Assembly in North East Minneapolis. He worked there as a pastor for 17 years, Fox News reported.
"Our mission is to reach all the nations in the Twin Cities and the metropolitan in MN and the world with the Good News of Jesus Christ through missions, Evangelism and the proclamation of the Gospel,” the church states on its website.
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