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Police identify man arrested after woman killed in wrong-way crash on her wedding night

One woman died after a wrong-way driver collided with her car Saturday morning, police said.

One woman died after a wrong-way driver collided with her car Saturday morning, police said. (Utah Highway Patrol)


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SALT LAKE CITY — Police have identified a man they say was the driver of a pickup truck traveling the wrong way on I-15 that struck and killed a woman on her wedding night.

The pickup truck entered I-15 just after 1 a.m. Saturday, driving south in a northbound lane, according to Utah Highway Patrol trooper Colton Freckleton. The pickup made it from 900 South to 2100 South, where it collided head-on with Angelica Jimenez's car.

The driver of the pickup, Manaure Gonzalez-Rea and his passenger, were not seriously injured, police said. Jimenez, 26, died at the scene. Her family later identified her by her married name, Angelica Dhondup, and held a vigil honoring her Saturday night.

Another motorist stopped to help with traffic control at the scene. Gonzalez-Rea stole that motorist's car and drove away, Freckleton said. Troopers stopped that car on I-80 near Redwood Road a short time later and arrested the driver, who they say was intoxicated, according to a probable case statement. Gonzalez-Rea was arrested on investigation of DUI, reckless driving, theft of a vehicle, fleeing the scene of a death, and vehicular homicide.

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