This tugs at the heartstrings.
Newlywed Teachers Die In Car Crash
According to Mail Online
Two young teachers married for just three months have died after a driver taking them to the airport after a wedding lost control of the vehicle, sending them crashing into a tree.
In a further tragic twist, the newlywed wife, Jamie Soukup Reid, 25, was pregnant with the couple’s first child. Ultrasounds were recovered from her purse.
She died instantly when the driver of their hired town car, 45-year-old Rodney Koon, lost control of the vehicle in Asheville, North Carolina on Sunday.
Her husband, 26-year-old Will Reid, was still conscious when paramedics arrived and he urged them to help his pregnant wife first. He also died from his injuries.
Speaking to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Jamie’s father Ron Soukup, a retired engineer for Microsoft Corp., shared his heartbreak at losing the young couple, who were both teachers in Philadelphia.
‘We lost our two kids and our first grandchild,’ he said. ‘She had the ultrasound pictures in her purse.
He added: ‘We loved Will like he was our son. He was a wonderful guy.’
They visited Asheville at the weekend to attend a wedding of one of Mr Reid’s college friends.
They were in the back of a town car heading east on Interstate 26 on Sunday morning when Koon lost control at 11.11am. The vehicle hurtled down an embankment and struck a tree, police said.
Jamie was pronounced dead at the scene while her husband died of his injuries at Mission Hospital.
Rodney Koon remains hospitalized after the crash and could face charges. An investigation is continuing and police have not said what caused Koon to crash.
But in search warrant applications filed on Tuesday, police investigators said Koon’s ‘actions directly contributed to the collision,’ the Asheville Citizen-Times reported.
The warrants allowed officers to search the vehicle and a digital recording device in the car’s electrical system was seized. It could reveal speed and other operational details before the crash.
‘She was fantastic with the written word,’ her father said.
Will Reid’s father, James Reid, an orthopedic surgeon in Phillipsburg, said that the young couple were a perfect match for each other.
‘He was very talkative and had a dry wit,’ Reid said. ‘He was very funny. She was just beautiful and nice and happy.
She was very caring. They were very much caring for each other.’
A memorial service will be held for the couple on August 17 at noon in Phillipsburg, New Jersey.
They had their whole lives ahead of them. Sad.