Woman on Way to Mom's Funeral Killed in Crash Mother's ashes were believed to have been in the vehicle By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Mar 28, 2016 4:22 PM CDT 7 comments Comments Stock photo. (Shutterstock) (Newser) – Danielle Vale, 48, was en route to her mother's funeral in Utah Saturday when she was killed in a car crash, KUTV reports. The Nevada woman was in a pickup truck being driven by a 48-year-old man who lost control of the vehicle on the icy road; it rolled several times, and Vale and a 28-year-old female passenger were ejected. Neither was wearing a seatbelt, authorities say. Vale was pronounced dead at the scene, and the 28-year-old was in serious condition. "It is believed that her mother's ashes were in the truck at the time of the crash," according to a Utah Highway Patrol news release picked up by the Salt Lake Tribune. "Troopers are searching for the ashes and when they are located, UHP Troopers will transport the ashes to Salt Lake to the waiting family."