KVUE speaks with woman who survived wrong-way crash


by KRIS BETTS / KVUE News and photojournalist DATHAN HULL

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Posted on October 23, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 26 at 3:03 PM

AUSTIN -- Terry Walker survived a deadly wreck on Tuesday, and she says she never saw it coming.

“We didn't see headlights. There was nothing there, just a little glimpse of that car before the impact,” she said.

Austin police say a Honda Civic was going south in the northbound lanes on Mopac near Duval just before 1 a.m. Wednesday. She hit another vehicle and died on the scene.

“Anyone that can provide information as to how this female entered the highway at the wrong way, we don't know where she entered the highway,” police said during a press conference Wednesday.

Walker’s car was behind a Chevrolet Malibu that was hit by Palmer-Dunham.

“You feel the car that she hit -- hitting our car on the side."

Walker was hurt, but the driver of the Malibu, Robert Murphy, 48, of Round Rock died from his injuries.

“Her car was totally gone. There was nothing left of it,” said Walker who jumped out to help after they were hit on the driver’s side door.

Austin police have responded to 86 crashes caused by wrong-way drivers since 2011. That can include drivers that swerve, cross the yellow line, or simply lose control.

Walker says she is grateful to be alive. “I just felt like I had a guardian angel on that highway last night."

“That one thing I want to know -- what was the state of mind of that individual?"

The Austin medical examiner's office identified the driver as 26-year-old Emily Marie Palmer-Dunham, but Austin police have not yet confirmed the driver's identity.
If you have information regarding this crash, you are asked to call police at (512) 974-5594.

This is Austin's 60th fatal traffic crash of the year.

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