SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - A woman was killed late Monday night when her car was hit head-on by a wrong-way driver in Suffolk.
According to Diana Klink with the City of Suffolk, the Suffolk Police Department started receiving calls at 10:55 p.m. about a driver going the wrong way on Route 58. Officers tried to locate the wrong-way driver and close the roadway in the area, but came upon an crash scene at 10:59 p.m.
Klink says investigators determined 87-year-old Everett Majette of Portsmouth was driving a 2008 Cadillac in the wrong direction when he crashed head-on into another vehicle. The driver of that vehicle, identified as Keairra Diggs of Suffolk, was killed in the crash.
Diggs, who was one week away from her 23rd birthday, was driving home from her second job in Chesapeake at the time of the crash.
"Eleven o'clock came around and I texted her twice," said Digg's mother Della Darden. "I kept calling and calling her."
Fearing the worst, Darden went searching for daughter on Route 58 when she drove past the crash on the westbound side of the Nansemond River Bridge. Darden said when she reached the scene, she knew her child, just three miles from home, was gone.
Klink said Diggs was pronounced dead at the scene.
Majette was airlifted to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital where he was listed in serious, but stable condition early Tuesday. A City of Suffolk spokesperson told WAVY.com Majette died from his injuries on Saturday, Oct. 26. His condition had been upgraded to fair earlier in the week.
"I was in total shock," said Darden "I couldn't believe it. It seems like something that happens in the movies, like it's not real, but it was real."
Diggs leaves behind her two-year-old daughter Jazzelle, her parents and the boyfriend who wanted to spend the rest of his life with her.
"It's hard, but I'm trying," said Diggs’ boyfriend Kalama Bond. "I caught myself calling her earlier today just to hear her voicemail. I can never hear her voice again."
Darden says Diggs was working two jobs, and going to school to be a surgical technician.
"She was happy! She was about one of the happiest people," said Diggs' father Greg Darden. "She was happy. She would do anything to be happy."
As Digg's family celebrates Jazzelle's third birthday this weekend, they say they will remember how loved her mother was.
"She was more than a daughter to me," said Diggs' mother Della Darden. "I could tell her anything. She was my best friend. I feel like I lost my best friend and my daughter all at one time."
Route 58 westbound near Wilroy Road was closed for about five hours before reopening at 3:40 a.m. Tuesday.
It was originally reported Majette was driving a 1995 Mercedes Benz, but Klink later said the license plate given didn't match the vehicle.
Diggs family says they have no hard feelings towards the other driver in this crash. They just want to make sure Majette never drives again.
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