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Wrong-way crash that killed 3 under investigation

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Steven Algarin had a difficult time hearing the details of a triple fatality crash report involving his wife. Steven Algarin had a difficult time hearing the details of a triple fatality crash report involving his wife.
Alma Chavez was going the wrong way along I-240 between South Parkway and Norris Roads early Sunday morning.  Chavez was killed as were two first cousins in a car she struck. Alma Chavez was going the wrong way along I-240 between South Parkway and Norris Roads early Sunday morning. Chavez was killed as were two first cousins in a car she struck.
This image was taken from a TDOT camera, showing the backup from the crash. This image was taken from a TDOT camera, showing the backup from the crash.

MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) – Details of a Memphis Police crash report were difficult for Steven Algarin to hear.  It states his wife was going the wrong way before a triple fatal crash Memphis Police said she caused.  Alma Chavez was killed as were two first cousins in a car she struck.

"I'm sorry for the other family and hopefully we'll get through this little by little, but I know it's going to take time," said Algarin.

The crash occurred around 3:30 Sunday morning along I-240 between South Parkway and Norris Roads.  Somehow, Chavez ended up driving the wrong way and traveled northbound in the southbound lanes.

According to the crash report, a Memphis Police officer saw Chavez going in the wrong direction but could not stop her in time.  Her car struck the other car head-on.  All three people died on the scene.

We learned Chavez worked the evening leading up to the crash at Maria's Cantina in Southaven.  Employees there told us they did not recall her drinking after clocking out.  Her husband said she took the same route to and from work for three years.

"She was a terrific mom, a beautiful wife, a good friend of people," said Algarin.  "Always trying to help people and all that."

Their 5-year-old son has yet to fully realize his mom won't be coming home.

Wakes were held Friday night for Chavez and both women who died in the other car.  MPD identified them as cousins Chastity Wilson and Demetria Allen.  An autopsy will reveal if alcohol or drugs were a factor.

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