South East Wales

Family tribute to Jennifer Evans after Rhigos Mountain crash

Jennifer Evans
Image caption Jennifer Evans had a 'lively and bubbly personality', said her family

A tribute has been paid to a "wonderful daughter" who died after a van she was in left the road on Rhigos mountain in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Jennifer Evans, 31, from Dowlais, was airlifted to hospital following the crash in the early hours of Thursday but she died later.

The white Daihatsu van left the A4061 road and plunged 250m down a ravine.

A 24-year-old man has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving and aggravated vehicle theft.

Ms Evans, a former Treorchy Comprehensive School pupil and carer for the mentally disabled, died last Saturday at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.

Her parents Shelly and Paul Evans said: "Jen was a wonderful daughter, granddaughter, sister, aunt and cousin who will be truly missed by all who knew her.

"Jen had a lively and bubbly personality and was always full of fun."

A 24-year-old man was also injured in the crash.

A major rescue operation was launched following the road incident involving paramedics, firefighters, the police, a mountain rescue team and an RAF Sea King helicopter.

South Wales Police want to speak to several motorists in the area at around 04:00 BST.

They include the driver of what is believed to be a Vauxhall Astra, which may have been overtaken by the white Daihatsu Hijet van somewhere along the route.

Police said anyone with information should call the roads policing unit via 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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