A Minneapolis 911 dispatcher was killed while driving to work on Highway 252 when a drunk driver hit her Hyundai Elantra car in Brooklyn Park on Saturday night. Her husband heard the call while monitoring emergency dispatch audio at home. Later when police officers came to tell him the bad news, he learned that the victim was his wife.
30-year-old Jenna Bixby died in the crash caused by a wrong-way driver. She had received her degree in law enforcement, after which she was offered a job as 911 dispatcher with the city of Minneapolis.
Richard Shaka, 72-year-old retired minister, was the other driver. He was in critical condition and was taken to North Memorial Medical center on Sunday. The police report states that Shaka was drunk while driving. He is facing a charge of criminal vehicular homicide.
Bixby loved helping people in need of these types of emergency calls, her husband Daniel told CBS Minnesota. She was on her way to assist others, and suddenly an emergency call came in on her behalf.
Pastor Baba Letang is the leader of All Nations Christian Assembly church that Shaka retired from. He told CBS Minnesota that Shaka has always been committed to the church, he was the one who brought so many people together over the years with his wife who passed away from cancer in 2016. They were both professors at North Central University. Pastor Baba was surprised to know that his friend was drinking alcohol.
Bixby’s husband wrote on Facebook: “Please know that I never stopped loving you with all my heart, and I will never stop loving you.”