Brian Orzechowski served three tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, but it was a car accident on his wedding day in Georgia that took his life. The groom was killed in the crash when the vehicle he was driving crossed into another lane and struck a car -- his new bride and the driver of the other car are in fair condition. No alcohol was in either driver's system, and so far, no charges have been pressed.
Just hours before the incident, Brian had married Crystal Krentler in a lovely backyard ceremony. The two were childhood friends who eventually found love -- they were on their way to a lake resort to celebrate that love when the crash occurred.
How can a man spend years in a war zone, literally staring death in the face every day, then have this happen? It seems so unfair. It was supposed to be one of the best days of his life, and it looks like it was, up until the horrible accident.
Brian's mother is understandably distraught -- she told local news that she keeps calling his phone to get his voicemail, just so she can hear his voice.
There's a lot to grapple with here, and I'm sure Brian's family and friends are questioning everything right now. Why Brian? Why now? Why on his wedding day, of all days?
I suppose a silver lining might be that he was able to marry Crystal and died as her husband. I can't imagine the healing process she'll have to go through, but at least they had their special day together.
A Facebook tribute page has been set up in Brian's memory.
What do you think?
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