Bride killed in head-on crash just hours after wedding

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A 26-year-old bride has been killed on her wedding night in a horror head-on crash.

The woman, identified as Angelica Gabrielle Dhondup, had just married her high school sweetheart and was travelling home from their wedding reception with her cousin when their car was struck by an alleged drunk driver near Utah in the United States.

Ms Dhondup died after reportedly making one last call to her sister, telling her she had been in an accident and could not breathe, according to KSL TV.

Her 20-year-old cousin was rushed to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

A photo of Angelica Gabrielle Dhondup and her high school sweetheart at their wedding just hours before the fatal crash. Source: GoFundMe
Angelica Gabrielle Dhondup had just married her high school sweetheart hours before the crash. Source: GoFundMe

Photos from the tragic scene show debris scattered across the highway and the ute, which had been travelling on the wrong way, flipped on its roof.

The wreckage of the Toyota Corolla which Ms Dhondup had been in was barely recognisable.

Pictured left is the crumbled remains of the Toyota Corolla that was hit head-on. Pictured right is the Toyota ute involved in the crash which was left flipped on its roof. Source: Utah Highway Patrol
A Toyota Corolla (left) was hit head-on by a Toyota ute (right) that authorities say was traveling south in the northbound lanes. Source: Utah Highway Patrol

"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," Sgt. Lawrence Hopper with the Utah Highway Patrol told KUTV.

Police say the driver of the ute, Manaure Gonzalez-Rae, and a passenger were assisted out of the vehicle by a witness but the pair fled on foot moments later.

Debris was strewn across the highway after the fatal crash near Salt Lake City. Source: Utah Highway Patrol
Debris was strewn across the highway after the fatal crash near Salt Lake City. Source: Utah Highway Patrol

Gonzalez-Rae then allegedly stole the Good Samaritan’s vehicle but was quickly arrested by officers responding to the crash. He is facing multiple charges including theft, reckless driving, driving under the influence, and automobile homicide due to negligence.

Ms Dhondup leaves behind her new groom, two sons, and a daughter she was a week away from adopting.

Family members have set up a GoFundMe page to help towards her funeral expenses. As of Monday night, more than $13,000AU has been raised.

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