Raleigh Groom Killed In Car Accident On Morning Of Wedding

Posted on Sep 25, 2009
North Carolina car crashes are always tragic, but in some cases, they can be even more heart-wrenching then usual. In Raleigh last week, a groom on his way to a wedding breakfast was killed by another driver in a horrific car accident that took his like hours before he was to start a new life with his beloved.

North Carolina State Police reported that 28-year-old Christopher Raynor died at the scene of the Raleigh car crash after a car slammed into the car being driven by the best man of the wedding. Raynor was thrown from the back seat of the car and ejected into the street, where a second car ran over his body.

His bride, 29-year-old Karen Taylor, was grief-stricken but still able to greet her guests as they gathered in the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Church. Many of the roughly 100 guests did not yet know of the deadly car accident and were informed after their arrival as the joyous wedding day was transformed into a touching memorial service for the groom.

Father Salvatore Busichio, who was slated to marry the couple, announced the NC car accident and then said a few words. The bride, Taylor, also talked at the conclusion of the service to share her grief.

NC police say that the car that struck the wedding party ran a red light at an intersection directly before the fatal Raleigh collision took place. The car was driven by James Howard Early, 52, of Asheville, who was charged with misdemeanor death by a motor vehicle.

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