Man arrested for horrific crash that killed bride leaving her wedding

A suspected DUI driver has been arrested over a horrific wrong-way crash in Utah that killed a bride on her way home from her wedding, police say.

Manaure Gonzalez-Rea, 36, allegedly crashed head-on into 26-year-old Angelica Gabrielle Jimenez Dhondup’s vehicle near Salt Lake City in the early hours of Saturday.

Dhondup was driving home from her reception at the time, according to Utah’s Department of Public Safety.

Her new husband, who was Dhondup’s high school sweetheart, was not in the car at the time.

A 20-year-old woman who was a passenger in the bride’s car was rushed to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say Gonzalez-Rea was traveling the wrong way down Interstate 15 in a Toyota pickup truck when he crashed into the victim’s Corolla.

Gonzalez-Rea’s car flipped and landed on its roof in the crash.

Photos from the crash site show the driver’s side of Dhondup’s car totaled and multiple beer cans strewn across the highway.

It was not immediately clear which vehicle the beer cans came from.

Police say Gonzalez-Rea fled after stealing the truck of a witness who had stopped to help.

He was stopped farther up the highway and arrested by a trooper.

Dhondup leaves behind two young sons and a daughter she was one week away from adopting, according to a GoFundMe set up by her family.

Gonzalez-Rea is being held without bail in the Salt Lake County Jail.

He was arrested on suspicion of automobile homicide with criminal negligence and driving under the influence, theft, failure to remain at an accident involving death, DUI and reckless driving. 

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