Services set for Newtown man killed in I-84 wrong-way crash
Funeral services have been set for Diego Fernando Jimenez, the 48-year-old Newtown man who was killed in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 84 on Saturday.
Jimenez was driving a limousine on I-84 in Southbury when his vehicle was struck by a wrong-way driver at about 1 a.m. State Police said David Hozer, 46, of Southbury, was traveling the wrong way on westbound I-84, between Exits 16 and 15, when his 2011 Audi Q5 struck Jimenez’s limo.
Jimenez died an hour later at Waterbury Hospital; Hozer died Sunday afternoon.
Jimenez was born Feb, 11, 1971, in Bogotá Colombia, grew up in Greenwich and graduated from Greenwich High School in 1989. He was a soccer aficionado and broke several high school records. He attended Quinnipiac University.
Jimenez and his family have been residents of Newtown since 2004. He was the owner of Phoenix Limousine Service, based in Newtown. He is survived by his wife, Yolanda Jimenez, his daughters Isabella, 19, and Gabriella, 15, as well as his mother Marleny Jimenez and brother Jorge Jimenez.
According to his death notice, Jimenez was the soon to be godfather to his future nephew, Jackson Jimenez, as well as the godfather to Eric Myer and Grace Kelly Jimenez. He is survived by five step-sisters, one step-brother, many brother and sister in-laws, nieces and nephews, the death notice said. He is preceded in death by his father, Jorge Jimenez.
“He was a handsome, caring, loving and exemplary husband, father, brother and son. He lived life to its fullest, always bringing joy to all those who came into contact with him,” the notice said.
Friends may come to call on the family at the Honan Funeral Home, Newtown from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, at St Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Newtown. A reception will follow in Holy Innocents Hall on the St. Rose of Lima campus.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Isabella and Gabriella Memorial Scholarship, c/o Union Savings Bank, 1 Commerce Road, Newtown, 06470.
A memorial service for Hozer was scheduled for noon Tuesday at Temple B’nai Israel at 444 Main Street North in Southbury. There will be a private burial.
Hozer was a financial and investment adviser at Barnum Financial Group. He previously worked as a financial adviser at Webster Bank and Morgan Stanley. According to his death notice, Hozer is survived by his parents, Lewis and Joyce Hozer, his sister Wendy, and “his precious gems [children], Jacob, Jaden, Aryella and Ava.”
Hozer was a financial and investment adviser at Barnum Financial Group. He previously worked as a financial adviser at Webster Bank and Morgan Stanley.
He was a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University.
According to his death notice, Hozer is survived by his parents, Lewis and Joyce Hozer, his sister Wendy, and “his precious gems (children), Jacob, Jaden, Aryella and Ava.”
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to National Financial Services, the Finkel-Hozer Children’s Fund, and may be mailed to Barnum Premier Client Group, 45 Glastonbury Blvd, Glastonbury, CT 06033.
Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call 203-267-2200.