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Husband lovingly remembers wife killed in police pursuit

Her family says Thy Vu Mims devoted her life to serving the voiceless and dedicated herself to service.

Mims died when a suspected drunk driver last Saturday ran a red light during a police pursuit and struck her vehicle in Salt Lake City.

“I still cannot understand how that was allowed to happen in Salt Lake City, or any city,” said her husband Trippp Mims to the Salt Lake City Tribune. “That street looks very, very similar to the street that I live on… It is our neighborhood and our community, and it’s just astounding to me that this took place in our community.”

Thy and Tripp opened a bakery at the start of the pandemic after he lost his job in a furlough. He saw firsthand how his wife connected with people.

“I had no idea how many people Thy was talking to daily about what we are doing,” Mims said. “I mean, she talked business, but she would check in on people in a very human and relatable way that I’ve never really experienced and I just had no idea the scale of what she was doing behind the scenes.”

Mims told KSL his wife advocated for refugee communities, perhaps inspired by her own parents who were refugees from Vietnam. She worked with students at Salt Lake Community College. People were naturally attracted to her.

“These are friends she’s had for a long time, these are friends she’s just met … but they are all her best friends,” Tripp Mims said.

Tripp believes his wife has left a legacy with their two sons, ages 10 and 5.

“They’re just the most intellectually mature, emotionally mature, [children] that I’ve ever met to the point of it being intimidating,” Mims said to the Tribune. “I’ve got to have my details ready for when they come asking me questions, because they’ll school me if I’m wrong.”

Police arrested 39-year-old Christian Cody Facer on suspicion of criminal automobile homicide, driving under the influence, driving on a suspended or revoked license, speeding, failure to adhere to the right of way, reckless driving and other alleged offenses, according to the Gephardt Daily.

While the crash took place in Salt Lake City, the pursuit was conducted by the North Salt Lake City Police Department.

The agency released a dashcam video of the crash which occurs at about the 5:30 mark. Warning:the video may be disturbing to some.

The Mims family has received an outpouring of support from the community. A Go Fund Me campaign has already raised more than $88,000 as of this writing. A silent auction is scheduled for Saturday night, October 23 on Instagram.

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  1. Police should have a rule of no chases. This has happened many times – chases by police that end in killing innocent people. And for what? A stolen car, drugs possession. Macho bored police chasing, pumped up adrenaline, mimicking movie scenes in cop and robber movies. NO CAR CHASES!!


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