A grieving woman, 48-year-old Danielle Marquez-Valle, was on the way to her mother’s funeral in Salt Lake City, Utah, when the man driving the truck she was in lost control of the vehicle. Marquez-Valle was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the truck as it rolled. She was pronounced dead at the scene and the cremated remains of her mother, which were allegedly in the vehicle at the time of the wreck, are now missing.
The Daily Mail reports that 48-year-old Danielle Marquez-Valle from Mesquite, Nevada, was on the way to her mother’s funeral in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her mother’s ashes when the unthinkable happened. Winter weather had caused the roads to become icy and wet and the man driving Marquez-Valle to the funeral lost control of the vehicle. As the vehicle spiraled out-of-control, it flipped multiple times. Sadly, Danielle was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle where she died from her injuries.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Danielle had her mother’s ashes in her possession when she left to attend the funeral. Danielle was reportedly charged with bringing the ashes to the funeral but never arrived. While police were unable to save Danielle from the crash, they are hoping to be able to recover the ashes for the grieving family. Highway patrol say that they are still attempting to locate the ashes so that they can return them to the waiting family in Salt Lake City.
“It is believed that her mother’s ashes were in the truck at the time of the crash. Troopers are searching for the ashes and when they are located, UHP Troopers will transport the ashes to Salt Lake to the waiting family.”
Though it has been reported that Danielle had her mother’s ashes, another report by ABC 4 claims that while the grieving daughter was originally slated to bring the ashes with her, plans changed and the ashes were not put into the vehicle. Therefore, it appears the ashes whereabouts are currently unknown as some are indicating the ashes were in the vehicle, while others claim they were left behind.
The accident report indicates that the roads were icy and wet when the accident took place. The names of the other passenger in the truck and the driver have been withheld, and it is not known if they are family members or friends. However, it was revealed a man was driving the truck at the time of the accident and was injured in the crash. The Utah Highway Patrol have not disclosed the nature of the driver’s injuries, but did note that a second passenger, a 28-year-old woman, was flown to the hospital with serious injuries.
According to the obituary for Danielle’s mother, Shirley Coates, Danielle had a brother named Richard, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Danielle’s Facebook profile indicates that she was not only a mother but a grandmother. She also paid tribute to her late mother with an almost prophetic post from Ecclesiastes 3:10.
“To everything there is a season, a time for every matter under heaven, a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to pluck what has been planted; a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance; a time to keep and a time to cast away. – Ecclesiastes 3:1o.”
One of Danielle’s daughters posted a tribute image of her mother in which one of her friends replied that she was praying for her sister. Therefore, it seems that the likely passenger in the vehicle with Danielle during the car crash was her daughter, who was taken, via life flight, to the hospital with serious injuries.
[Image via Facebook/Danielle Marquez-Valle]