2 Killed in Irving Wrong-Way Crash Identified

Several callers reported the SUV headed in the wrong direction, police said

Officials have identified two people killed in a head-on, wrong-way crash on Texas 183 Monday.

The drivers of both vehicles, an SUV and a Corvette, were killed in the crash. The drivers were identified Tuesday as 40-year-old Sidney Leigh Dew, of Santa Ana, California, and 38-year-old Tyrone Wilson, of Bedford.

The crash injured a third person who was not identified.

Wilson's family said they hoped the state would put more safeguards in place along highways to try to prevent another tragedy.

Wilson, who was a father of three, and his wife had been planning a big surprise for their youngest daughter, whose sixth birthday is Wednesday.

"We were discussing what we were going to do, sending cupcakes to school," Savannah Wilson said. "You're never prepared to have a conversation with your kids about their father not coming home."

Investigators said Dew was in an SUV headed in the wrong direction on Highway 183, east of Belt Line Road, when she struck Wilson's Corvette, which was driving westbound.

The crash also injured a third person, a passenger in Wilson's Corvette who was hospitalized with unspecified leg injuries that were not believed to be life threatening.

"I can't believe it," Wilson's older brother Shawun Knighton said. "I'm just waiting on him to give me a call, to walk through the door. It just hurts. Somebody just killed my brother like that."

The family said they did not know who Wilson's passenger was or where he was headed at 3 a.m. Monday.

But they did know the government worker loved his wife, three kids and family in Texas and his native Louisiana.

"Everybody knows Tyrone. God only made on Ty. I promise you," Knighton said with a smile.

Several drivers called 911 to report the wrong-way driver, but it was too late.

"I seen the vehicle on the news, I was like, 'God.' And I took him to get the car. He just had that car for three or four months," Knighton said. "It hurts."

Wilson's family planned on returning his body to Louisiana to be laid to rest.

Irving police detectives were still trying to determine what led to the crash and whether Dew was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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