DURHAM, North Carolina (WTVD) — A Durham woman says signs near I-85 near East Club Blvd are confusing and believes that may have led to her mother driving the wrong way and crashing into another vehicle on the interstate Monday morning.

Laseanda Ormond contacted ABC 11 exclusively to share her mother’s story in hopes of warning drivers about the area.

Ormond says her family is coming to grips with how much they miss her mother, Aretha Chavis, who died in the crash.

“I wish that I could have her back. But I know that I can’t. That was my backbone.” Ormond said.

Chavis, 49, died early Monday morning when Durham Police say she drove a Hyundai the wrong way near Exit 179 on Interstate 85.

Aretha Lynette Chavis

Investigators said she was driving south in the northbound lane. She crashed into a Ford Expedition, killing the driver, 29-year-old Jerry Alamo.

A passenger – 36-year-old Glenda Alamo – suffered critical injuries.

The other passengers – three children (ages 4, 10 and 11) and four adults (ages 16, 21, 22 and 32) – were taken to the hospital for treatment.

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