A young groom driving toward what should have been marital bliss with his new wife shortly after their wedding reception found himself in the middle of a living nightmare Sunday night when he swerved the vehicle they were traveling in to avoid hitting a dog but ended up killing his wife in a crash instead.
Things may get even worse for the groom, Ryan Patrick Quinton, 27, if law enforcement officials in Georgia determine that he was intoxicated when the accident that took 25-year-old Kali Shay Dobson's life happened, according to an ABC News report.
According to the report, the newlyweds were driving in their Pontiac Firebird along Ball Ground Highway in Cherokee County, Ga., when Quinton lost control of the vehicle and it rolled down an embankment. Dobson wasn't wearing a seatbelt so she was thrown from the vehicle and it landed on top of her. She died on the scene leaving her horrified husband in shock.
Quinton managed to flag down motorist Chris Thomas for help who described the grisly scene and how it inspired him to pray.
"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," said Thomas to ABC News Affiliate WSB-TV.
"I said, 'Come here, buddy.' I didn't even know his name, and I held him and I said, 'Let's pray,' and we prayed," Thomas added.
Although Quinton told police the accident happened when he swerved to avoid hitting a dog, police say he could face criminal charges if he is found to have been under the influence of alcohol. Results of a blood test are still pending.
"Charges are pending the completion of the Georgia State Patrol's Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team investigation," Franka Young of the Georgia Department of Public Safety told ABC News in an emailed statement. "Blood was drawn to determine if alcohol was a contributing factor," she added.