ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — The Winnebago County Coroner’s Office has identified 28-year-old Amanda Coliz as the woman killed in a crash on Newburg Road on Monday.
The crash happened just before 1:30 p.m. Monday in the 4800 block of Newburg, according Rockford Police. The road was closed so RPD’s Traffic Unit could investigate.
Coliz died from injuries sustained in the crash, the coroner’s office said. The 41-year-old male from the other vehicle, Jimmel Gum, is reportedly in critical condition.
Gum was found guilty of reckless driving in 2012 and driving under the influence in 1999.
The crash is under investigation by the Rockford Police Department.
On Thursday, Coliz’ niece, Janelle Solis, said of the incident, “I didn’t believe it. I still don’t believe it.”
Coliz’ fiancée, Crispin Coliz, was murdered in 2016. Solis says the news of Coliz’ passing is like deja vu for the family.
“Just like we did it with him, we’ll do it with this,” she said. “We’re going to take care of [her] girls and we’re going to make sure that they’re safe and they never feel like there’s a void that’s not filled.”
Solis says Coliz’ two daughters will now live with their grandparents.
Coliz’ family has started a GoFundMe to help with funeral and memorial expenses. A visitation will be held on Friday October 22, 2021 from 3:00 PM- 7:00 PM Gasparini & Oliveri Funeral Home, 707 Marchesano Drive.