A crash on a young couple’s wedding night tragically took the life of 25-year-old Kali Dobson. She wasn’t wearing her seatbelt, and as her new husband swerved off the Georgia highway to avoid a stray animal, she was thrown from the car before it rolled on top of her.
On Wednesday, Kali’s groom, 28-year-old Ryan Quinton, was charged with driving under the influence on the night his wife died. His blood-alcohol level was 0.114, well over the 0.08 Georgia limit. He also faces charges of vehicular homicide, reckless driving, and failure to maintain the lane.
Just hours after the December 29 ceremony, Quinton found himself bloodied on the side of the road, flagging down help from passersby. Chris Thomas was a first-responder, who said he spotted him stumbling in a bloody tuxedo.
His shirt was all torn up and he was bleeding ... He had blood all over his face and blood coming out of his hands and stuff and just looked bad. And it scared me to death ... there was nothing that could be done ... the car was on top of her. You couldn't even see her.
What should have been the greatest, most beautiful day of their lives is the end of one and what could very well be something hard for this young man to get over. I pray that he will.
What an awful, terrible thing to live through. One stupid snap judgment, one dumb decision to get behind the wheel and speed off to begin a new life together instead ended Kali’s.
Now instead of blissfully enjoying the honeymoon stage of his marriage, Ryan will have to live forever questioning how his life would be different if he had called a cab on his wedding night.
Have you ever stopped an intoxicated friend from getting behind the wheel?
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