Nurse, mother killed by wrong-way driver

Posted at 11:27 PM, Dec 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-20 02:30:06-05

Friends and loved ones are remembering the nurse and mother killed by a suspected wrong way drunk driver in 4S Ranch Saturday night.

“She was a nurse, a very, very smart woman,” said Simone Gieselman, who is devastated over the death of her friend and neighbor in 4S Ranch, Sarita Shakya, 38.

Gieselman's children would sometimes play with Shakya's four-year-old daughter.

“We just started connecting. We would text and say are you at the park? Im going to come to,” Gieselman said.

10news was at Lindbergh Field in May, 2015, when Shakya, and others from Scripps welcomed home five nurses, who helped victims of the Nepal earthquake.

Shakya, who is from Nepal, was driving on Camino Del Norte just before midnight Saturday when she was hit head-on by a suspected drunk driver going the wrong way, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The suspected drunk driver survived, with major injuries, according to the CHP.

“I just couldn't believe it. I mean it's just so unreal. A woman with a 4-year-old, like me. Not being there anymore. All of a sudden not being able to see her little girl grow up. Not being there for her little girl. That's like the worst,” Gieselman said.