Couple killed in crash driving to their wedding

Couple killed in crash driving to their wedding
Couple killed in chain reaction crash while driving to their wedding
Family and friends are mourning a couple killed in a fiery chain reaction crash while driving to their wedding in Pittsburgh.

Kathryn Schurtz, 35, and her fiance Joseph Kearney were driving on Interstate 78 on Wednesday when they encountered heavy traffic from an earlier crash, state police said. A tractor-trailer was unable to stop and police said it pushed the couple's vehicle into another tractor-trailer. Their vehicle and two trucks caught fire. Schurtz and Kearney were killed and three others were hurt, state police said.

Before the couple were identified, local publication 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. The large vehicle reportedly hit their car when it couldnt slow down before reaching the traffic ahead.

Couple killed on the way to their own wedding

Schurtz lived in Jersey City, New Jersey, and was head of platform partnerships for Oracle Data Cloud in New York City.

The city of Fanwood, N.J., where Schurtz grew up and her mother 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. 

Her obituary says she graduated from Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. She then attended George Washington University, where she received her liberal arts degree before earning an MBA from Notre Dame.

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.

Her mother was a former Fanwood, New Jersey, councilwoman, according to the town's Facebook page.

A couple from New Jersey in the USA were killed in a car crash just before their wedding day. Kathryn M. Schurtz and her fiancé, Joseph D. Kearney, were driving to their wedding venue in Pittsburgh, New Jersey on Wednesday when a large vehicle hit their car and killed them both. 

Schurtz "will be remembered for her voracious appetite for reading, love of cooking, and trailblazing new adventures with Joseph," the obituary reads.

A woman identifying herself as Kearney's aunt said in a Facebook post: "They were truly the brightest shining lights snuffed out way too soon."

She will be remembered for her voracious appetite for reading, love of cooking, and trailblazing new adventures with Joseph, Schurtzs obituary in US publication the Star-Ledger read. 

"This is a heartbreaking tragedy for both the Schurtz family and the Kearney family," the Schurtz family said in a statement Monday. "In moving forward, we can either choose to celebrate their love and their life together, or become submerged in our grief. We choose to celebrate their love. We have no further comment and ask that our privacy is respected so that we may begin the healing process."

Schurtz's family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Union Catholic High School with a memo indicating it is for the Kathryn Schurtz Memorial Scholarship Fund, 1600 Martine Ave., Scotch Plains, N.J. 07076.

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Family and friends are mourning a couple killed in a fiery chain reaction crash while driving to their wedding in Pittsburgh. (KDKA/CNN Newsource)

HAMBURG, Pa. (AP) — Family and friends are mourning a couple killed in a fiery chain reaction crash while driving to their wedding in Pittsburgh.

Kathryn Schurtz, 35, and her fiance Joseph Kearney were driving on Interstate 78 on Wednesday when they encountered heavy traffic from an earlier crash, state police said. A tractor-trailer was unable to stop and police said it pushed the couples vehicle into another tractor-trailer. Their vehicle and two trucks caught fire. Schurtz and Kearney were killed and three others were hurt, state police said.

Schurtz lived in Jersey City, New Jersey, and was head of platform partnerships for Oracle Data Cloud in New York City.

Her obituary says she graduated from Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. She then attended George Washington University, where she received her liberal arts degree before earning an MBA from Notre Dame.

Schurtz “will be remembered for her voracious appetite for reading, love of cooking, and trailblazing new adventures with Joseph,” the obituary reads.

A woman identifying herself as Kearneys aunt said in a Facebook post: “They were truly the brightest shining lights snuffed out way too soon.”


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