A wedding should be the start of a new life, but one New Jersey couple will not be able to enjoy that life after a car accident in Pennsylvania killed them both as they were traveling home to get married.
The would-be bride was a 35-year-old from New Jersey with an MBA from the University of Notre Dame who worked as a head of platform partnerships in New York City. The groom originated from Pittsburgh, and the couple intended to hold their wedding ceremony there and were en route at the time of the accident.
The accident occurred November 14th in Berks County, Pennsylvania on Interstate 78 and involved multiple vehicles. According to authorities, it was a deadly chain of events set off when a tractor-trailer allegedly ran into the back of a car. Reportedly, in addition to the passenger car, the collision included five commercial vehicles. There is currently no information available detailing how many other people the accident involved or whether any other injuries occurred.
The bride leaves behind a number of family members, including two sisters, a brother-in-law, a 3-year-old nephew and two parents. Her mother is a former councilwoman in the Borough of Fanwood, where the bride grew up, and current council members expressed sympathy and grief via a Facebook post following the accident.
It is never easy for family members to lose a loved one in a car accident, but it must be particularly galling for these families to be publishing obituaries in the paper instead of the wedding announcement they had planned on. Those affected by car accidents may find it helpful to consult an attorney.