19-Year-Old Newlyweds Die After Car Crashes in Kansas One Day After Their Wedding

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A newly married teenage couple died after their car crashed in Clearwater, Kansas, Saturday, one day after their wedding, according to reports.

The double fatal crash occurred at 6:30 p.m., when the driver apparently lost control of the Ford F-150 pickup, television station KWCH in Wichita, Kansas, reported.

It left the road and was found against a tree, on its side.

Nineteen-year-old Austin Wesson, who was behind the wheel when the crash occurred, was pronounced dead at the scene; Rebekah Bouma, also 19, was critically injured and died two days later at a hospital.

The cause of the crash was not immediately known.

On Facebook, Rebekah Bouma’s mother Rachel Bouma writes, “She is with the Lord that she loved so deeply and so joyfully and she is with her husband of just one day, Austin Wesson, whom she loved with all her heart. We thank God that they are together while grieving their loss so very deeply.”

Wesson and Bouma met on mission trips in South Africa — where Wesson is originally from — in February. By June, they were engaged, according to the Wichita Eagle.

Rachel Bouma says the two married in a courthouse ceremony Friday that was conducted with Wesson’s immigration status in mind; another wedding celebration had been planned for next month, with Wesson’s South African relatives present.

The couple intended to move to Grand Rapids, Michigan, for college.



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