DECATUR, Texas In the blink of an eye, things can change, said Wise County Sheriff David Walker.
On Saturday night in the blink of an eye they did.
Investigators are still trying to determine what caused Wise County Justice of the Peace Terri Johnson to cross the median on Highway 287 and crash head-on into a sport utility vehicle, killing herself and three adult passengers in the SUV.
The Texas Department of Public Safety identified the victims as Juan Jose Rios, 31, of Quanah; Amy Dee Culwell, 35, of Chillicothe; and Sherry Ann Rios, 50, of Quanah.
A four-year-old girl is the lone survivor of the wreck. She was was airlifted to Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth in critical condition.
DPS spokesman Lonny Haschel said alcohol is not considered a factor in this crash, and they are waiting on results from the medical examiner to learn more about what happened.
A family spokesman said Johnson had been in town Saturday evening running errands. The possibility that she suffered a medical episode is being investigated. Johnson was a diabetic.
Sheriff Walker said several people called 911 Saturday night both north and south of Decatur to report an erratic driver traveling southbound who eventually crossed into northbound traffic.
One of the people that dialed 911 was Bob George.
At first I thought a man was driving. They ccame from some entrance ramp, and came straight at me. I was looking at my rear view. I swerved and got out of the way, George told News 8.
The Keller resident later learned the driver of the swerving car was Johnson.
Sheriff Walker said Johnson was beloved in the community.
It s a tragedy that s left a hole in our hearts, the sheriff said.
Hundreds of friends and family gathered for a candlelight vigil on Monday evening at First Baptist Church Decatur. Some friends of Johnson's two boys sported blue armbands. A funeral is set for 2 p.m. Friday at the church.
Johnson's family has asked for privacy. Through family spokesman Larry Hallmark, they released this statement to News 8:
The family and friends of Terri Johnson request privacy as they grieve the lives lost during this tragic incident. We appreciate the outpouring of love from the community Terri served. We ask for your continued prayers for not only our loss, but for the friends and family of all those who died.
Wise County Judge Glenn Hughes said the region has lost a fair and remarkable woman.
The county is really... reeling, I guess is the word we re at right now, he said.
News 8 reached out to the the family of the other victims from the crash. The Rios family lost a grandmother, son and his wife. Attempts to reach family members have been unsuccessful.