Friends, family hold vigil for young mother killed in Westminster crash

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WESTMINSTER, Colo. — Friends and family are remembering a young mother who died in a serious crash last week.

Jessica Holman died Tuesday night after police said two men driving a stolen truck crossed the median on Wadsworth Parkway just west of 94th Avenue.

On Sunday, more than 100 friends and family members gathered in that spot to honor Holman’s life. They brought flowers, teddy bears and balloons to build a memorial for the 33-year-old mother.

The group also launched more than 300 purple balloons into the air. Purple was Holman’s favorite color.

Her friends and family said having a memorial to share memories is an important way for them to remember her. There is also a lesson they hope others will take away from the tragedy.

“It’s making all of us look at life in a different way now, to always tell your loved ones that you love them before you leave home,” said Lindsey Sunday, Holman’s friend of more than 20 years. “It’s sad that it takes a tragic loss like this to do that.”

Holman was a single mother to a 10-year-old boy. The family is asking for donations for the boy’s future.

Police arrested 28-year-old Paul Engle at the scene of the accident. He was the passenger in the stolen truck.

Ignacio Daigle, 19, was driving the stolen truck at the time of the crash. He ran from the scene, but police arrested him on Friday. Both men are being held at the Adams County Jail.

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