The city of Fanwood, N.J., where Schurtz grew up and her mom formerly served as a city councilwoman, announced her death on Facebook over the weekend. The 35-year-old lived in Jersey City while working at Oracle Data Cloud in New York City. She is survived by her parents, two sisters and a 3-month-old nephew.
The accident left the couple dead and three others injured after the driver of a tractor-trailer couldn't slow the vehicle down for traffic. The tractor-trailer slammed into the couple's car causing a chain reaction crash that ultimately involved four other tractor-trailers in addition to the couple's vehicle, LehighValleyLive.com reported.
New Jersey couple killed on the way to their own wedding
Before the couple were identified, Lehighvalleylive.com reported that a chain-reaction crash on Interstate 78 in Pennsylvania left two people dead and three injured, shutting down part of the highway for more than 12 hours. A tractor-trailer reportedly hit their vehicle when it couldnt slow down before reaching the traffic ahead.
Kearney was from Pittsburgh, where their wedding was set to take place last week. His aunt posted on Facebook on Sunday that the familys lives changed tragically when they heard the news.
Our memories will help carry us through. They were truly the brightest shining lights snuffed out way too soon, she wrote.
Schurtzs family will hold visitation services at a local church in New Jersey on Monday and Tuesday and asked that friends and family make donations to the Kathryn M. Schurtz Scholarship Fund at Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, N.J. — Schurtzs alma mater — in lieu of sending flowers.
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Kathryn Schurtz and Joseph Kearney, both of Jersey City, were driving along I-87 when they were involved a fiery, multi-vehicle crash in Berks County, Pennsylvania, NJ.com reported.
The accident, which happened in Windsor Township, happened when a tractor-trailer was unable to stop and slow to the speed of traffic, causing it to hit a passenger vehicle, Pennsylvania state police said. The impact caused the vehicle to hit a different tractor-trailer ahead. Three other tractor-trailers were also involved, according to NJ.com.
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The two passengers in the vehicle, who were later identified as Schurtz and Kearney, died in the crash.
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Schurtz and Kearney were headed to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where they were to be married on Thursday.
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“Our lives changed tragically last Thursday. Our nephew Joseph Kearney and his beautiful fiancé Kate Schurtz were killed in an automobile accident on their way home for their wedding to be held that day,” Kearneys aunt wrote on Facebook. “Our memories will help carry us through. They were truly the brightest shining lights snuffed out way too soon.”
Schurtz, who was the head of platform partnerships at Oracle Data Cloud, “will be remembered for her voracious appetite for reading, love of cooking, and trailblazing new adventures with Joseph,” according to her obituary.