Family of Woman Killed in Wrong-Way Crash: Driver Will ‘Get What He Deserves’

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CLEVELAND-- The Snyder family of Cleveland was forever changed by a phone call this weekend.

"My parents came into my room, ripped me out of my bed, and told me my sister was dead. It's really hard for our family," said Jarrod Snyder of Cleveland.

Snyder's sister, Desiree Snyder, 22, was killed when police say a suspected drunk driver went the wrong way on I-480 and slammed head-on to the car she was riding in late Saturday night.

"She was awesome. She was like my best friend, you know?" said Snyder.

Desiree was a graduate of Valley Forge High School and she worked as a receptionist at an automotive repair shop.

"People loved her. She walked into a room, people would start laughing. She had a great attitude, great smile," said Snyder.

Police arrested the man who hit her, Julio Cesar Vargas, 40, for aggravated vehicular homicide and aggravated vehicular assault.

OVI charges are pending.

Police said Vargas actually entered the West 130th street exit ramp, heading in the wrong direction.

From there, he started heading east on I-480 westbound.

"He's going to get what he deserves. I just want to let him know that my sister is a lot better than he was, a lot better than he was or ever will be," added Snyder.

According to Snyder, the driver of the vehicle, Desiree's boyfriend, remains in the hospital.

A fund has been set up in her honor. Donations can be made at any Charter One Bank branch location.

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