Who was Angelica Gabrielle Dhondup? Utah bride returning from wedding killed in wrong-way crash
Apart from her new husband, Dhondup leaves behind two sons and a daughter she was a week away from adopting, the family said on GoFundMe page
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH: In what comes as some very painful news, the family of a 26-year-old new bride from Utah is mourning her death after she was killed in a crash on August 6, Friday night. The family reportedly said that the crash happened when a wrong-way driver struck her vehicle just hours after she married her high school sweetheart. The victim has been identified as Angelica Gabrielle Jimenez Dhondup, also known as "Jelly."
As per the latest reports, the accident happened shortly after 1 am on I-15 near Salt Lake City, the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) said. The victim was traveling in Toyota Corolla and was hit head-on by a Toyota pickup truck. Additionally, reports say that the Toyota pickup was traveling southbound in the northbound I-15 collector lanes near 2000 South and then hit the northbound Toyota Corolla sedan head-on. The 26-year-old female driver of the Corolla, the bride, suffered fatal injuries, as per the UHP. A 20-year-old female passenger in the car was rushed to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
"There was a lot of debris in the scene. Obviously, we need to do our due diligence to map out everything - to take as much evidence as we can get if we're going to be filing criminal charges," said Sgt Lawrence Hopper with the Utah Highway Patrol. "We need to do a very thorough investigation on something like this."
Who was Angelica Gabrielle Jimenez Dhondup?
The family identified the female driver killed in the crash as Angelica Gabrielle Jimenez Dhondup, who is also known as "Jelly".
The family also shared more details about the unfortunate death and their daughter, adding that Dhondup had apparently just married her high school sweetheart and was on her way home from the wedding reception at the time of the crash.
Apart from her new husband, Dhondup leaves behind two sons and a daughter she was a week away from adopting, the family said on a GoFundMe page. At the time of writing this article, the page had raised $10,966 of the $35,000 goal. The plea added, "We’re asking for help for funeral expenses as well as rent and other living necessities for this father of 3. While he figures out how to readjust to life with out the love of his." The family also made a plea of "Please don’t drink drive".
While making donations, one user wrote about how Angelica was a good mother. "Angelica was an incredible mother who touched many lives. I will forever cherish the time we had together. She will be incredibly missed by many. Your family is in my prayers."
As per the reports, UHP said that a passerby stopped to help the driver and passenger of the Toyota pickup after the crash. However, the driver stole their pickup and was even quickly arrested by troopers. The passenger initially ran away but later returned to the scene. In addition to that, the latest reports say that the driver of the pickup was not identified and that UHP said that impairment was being investigated as a cause of the collision. As per a report by Fox, Manaure Gonzalez-Rea, 36, was arrested for multiple alleged offenses, including automobile homicide.