911 Dispatcher Killed in Suspected Drunk Driving Crash Involving Former Pastor

(Fox News) A Minneapolis 911 dispatcher who worked “day-and-night to keep people safe” was tragically killed over the weekend after her car was struck by a former pastor who was driving the wrong way and is believed to have been drinking, police say.

Jenna Bixby, 30, was killed around 8 p.m. while heading to her job Saturday night on Highway 252 in Brooklyn Park.

“We just want to know why,” her sister, Nikki Orlicki, told FOX9. “We don’t understand. Why her? She was going to work to save people, and somebody decided to take her life and didn’t care.”

Authorities said Bixby’s car was hit head on by an SUV driven by Richard J. Shaka, a retired 72-year-old minister from Blaine, and alcohol is suspected to have been a factor. Bixby was pronounced dead at the scene while Shaka was in critical condition Sunday at a local hospital. No charges have been announced yet in the case.

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  • Sherman Williams

    A believer’s war against the flesh never gets time off. There is no discharge from that war. If any man stands, take heed lest he fall. Even a momentary lapse can be tragic.