A New Jersey couple 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 on Wednesday when a tractor-trailer hit their car and both the killed them.
Schurtz’s obituary in the Star-Ledger read “She will be remembered for her voracious appetite for reading, love of cooking, and trailblazing new adventures with Joseph,”.
The city of Fanwood, N.J, where Schurtz grew up and her mom previously served as a city council woman, 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.
Lehighvalleylive.com reported that Before the couple were identified, a chain-reaction crash on Interstate 78 in Pennsylvania killed two people and injured three, causing a shut down of part of the highway for more than 12 hours. A tractor-trailer allegedly hit their vehicle when it couldn’t slow down before reaching the traffic ahead.
Kearney was from Pittsburgh, which is also the location for the wedding last week. His aunt posted on Facebook on Sunday that the family’s “lives changed tragically” when they heard the news.
She wrote “Our memories will help carry us through. They were truly the brightest shining lights snuffed out way too soon,”
Schurtz’s family will hold visitation services at a local church in New Jersey was Monday and Tuesday asked that friends and family to make donations to the Kathryn M. Schurtz Scholarship Fund at Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, N.J. which is Schurtz’s alma mater in lieu of sending flowers.