Woman killed in Hwy. 252 wrong-way crash was 911 dispatcher; husband pays tribute

The 30-year-old from Nowthen, Minnesota, died at the scene.

The woman killed in by a suspected drunk-driver in a wrong-way crash has been identified as a 911 dispatcher.

The Minnesota State Patrol confirmed that Jenna Bixby, 30, of Nowthen, died in the crash on Highway 252 Saturday evening, when her Hyundai was hit by an SUV driving the other way.


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She was on her way to work as a 911 dispatcher for the City of Minneapolis when the crash happened just before 8 p.m., her husband Dan Bixby said on Facebook.

He paid tribute to his wife in a post Sunday morning, saying: "I know our relationship had been on the rocks, but please know that I never stopped loving you with all my heart and I will never stop loving you. Rest in Peace Jenna. I love you."

The suspected drunk-driver is a 72-year-old man from Blaine, who is in a critical condition in hospital. 

The Star Tribune reports he is a retired teacher from North Central University in Minneapolis, as well as being a former senior pastor in northeast Minneapolis.

At this stage no charges have been filed in the incident, and until they are, GoMN will not be naming the driver.

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