University of Utah student killed in Nevada crash had a ‘heart of gold’

Maggie Bringhurst, 23, was an opinion writer for The Daily Utah Chronicle, the university’s independent, student-run publication.

(Photo via GoFundMe) Maggie Bringhurst, 23, pictured on a trip to Paris with her family. Bringhurst died in a car accident near Winnemucca, Nevada on August 6.

Maggie Bringhurst has always cared about others, her father said.

If her 23-year-old daughter were still alive, she would be concerned for the well-being of her friend – the friend who was driving when the couple’s SUV crashed near Winnemucca, Nevada, on August 6, killing Bringhurst. The friend was not injured, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.

“Maggie was just someone who had a heart of gold, who was always concerned about other people,” her father said. If she saw a stray dog ​​on the street, “she would take the dog to our garden and find its owners” – just one example of the empathy she was.

Bringhurst was a University of Utah student who worked for two years as an opinion writer for The Daily Utah Chronicle, the university’s independent student-run publication, according to a Department of Communications press release. . She was born and raised in Utah, according to her Chronicle staff biography, and studied communications with an emphasis on journalism. She was about to start her senior year.

“Much of Maggie’s work was community-driven and focused on people and populations often overlooked or overlooked by the media,” the university statement read, noting that her absence “will be felt among her peers and those who taught him”.

The accident happened around 1:42 p.m. on August 6, about 13 km east of Winnemucca. The couple were heading west on Interstate 80 – bound for a wedding in California – when, for unknown reasons, the driver veered left toward the center median, then overcorrected right, causing the overturn of the vehicle, according to Nevada Highway Patrol. Bringhurst was pronounced dead at the scene.

Nevada Soldiers did not name the driver in a news release. Investigators suspect impairment was a factor, but it’s unclear whether an arrest has been made.

In her published opinion pieces, Bringhurst often wrote with a feminist and progressive lens. She described herself as an “ex-Mormon,” according to one article, and her staff biography states that she wrote opinion pieces to “dispel the cynicism of her system.”

In May, as the possibility of a reversal of Roe v. Wade profiled, she called on readers to show solidarity with “increasingly vulnerable groups” and donate to Planned Parenthood, the Wasatch Women’s Center and the Utah Abortion Fund.

“When institutions fall short, community can be a source of consolation,” she wrote.

Her father, Jason Bringhurst, said Maggie had always had a passion for writing and reading and was an “avid journal keeper”. When she was younger, she had a special sleepover journal – dutifully noting who came and what they did for each sleepover. She also wrote children’s books growing up, he said.

“When she was writing in her diary, even up until her death, she was also illustrating different things in her diary – just places she had been,” her father said.

And she had been to many places. Her Instagram account documents her recent trips to Bryce Canyon National Park, Las Vegas and Washington. She had taught English in Kyiv, Ukraine, while visiting different countries in Europe. The father said one of her favorite memories of her daughter was on a trip abroad.

“Maggie, myself and my wife went to France a few years ago, for the Paris Temple Open House for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” Jason said. “She had a list of things she wanted to see in Paris and visit different museums, and was really excited about the opportunity to go to France for the first time and travel abroad. So we had a wonderful vacation with her.

Jason and his wife live in Port Angeles, Washington. A GoFundMe set up in Maggie’s honor helped pay for much of the expenses associated with her funeral. By Friday, he had raised more than $18,000.

“Knowing what happened, we were so very saddened,” the father said, adding that the family were “very grateful and felt very supported by so many people”.

The Nevada Highway Patrol is still investigating the accident. Anyone who witnessed it can contact authorities at 775-753-1111.

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