The day two people get married is one of the happiest of their lives. Or at least it should be. For newlyweds Kali Dobson and Ryan Quinton, the happiest day of their lives was marred by great tragedy. Because the day of their wedding was also the last day of Kali's young life.
At only 25, Kali lost her life while Ryan drove the just-joined pair away from their wedding reception. Ryan lost control of the car, he says, when he swerved to avoid hitting a dog that appeared in the middle of the road. While Ryan survived and was able to scramble from the wreck to call for help, Kali, tragically, was not so lucky.
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Kali wasn't wearing her seat-belt and was thrown from the car during the crash. In a horrific turn, the car then landed upon her and she was gone before rescue workers could even begin to try and get her the help she so badly needed. I can think of nothing more awful for all her family and friends left behind at the reception having waved the couple off on what should have been the next great chapter in their lives.
The thing I can't get over about this story is that ... it didn't have to be this way. If Kali had been wearing her seat-belt, she might not have died in the wreck. What makes it so scary is how understandable her actions were. She was excited, she was probably wearing a big, tough to navigate dress -- why bother with the buckle for the short drive? It gives me chills and makes me so sad for the young bride and for her now widowed husband who will have to find a way to go on without her. All our thoughts are with Ryan, his family, and Kali's family during this horrible time.
What do you think we can do to make seat-belts harder to forget when people get in the car?
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