U.S couple killed on the way to their own wedding

by Samantha Fox
1 minutes read

A New Jersey couple on the way to their wedding was killed in a fiery crash last week.

Kathryn M. Schurtz and her fiancé, Joseph D. Kearney, were driving to their wedding venue in Pittsburgh on Wednesday when a tractor-trailer hit their car and killed them both.


State Police say a tractor-trailer ran into the back of a car, sparking the deadly chain reaction-crash involving five commercial vehicles and the passenger car.

The couple was on their way to Kearney’s hometown of Pittsburgh for their ceremony.

The 35-year-old Schurtz resided in Jersey City. She was employed as the head of platform partnerships for Oracle Data Cloud in New York City.

She grew up in Fanwood, New Jersey, and graduated from Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains in 2001. She attended George Washington University, where she received her liberal arts degree and went on to earn her MBA from Notre Dame.

“She will be remembered for her voracious appetite for reading, love of cooking, and trailblazing new adventures with Joseph,” her obituary reads.

She is survived by her parents, Joseph and Karen; her sister, Kimberly; her sister and brother-in-law, Joanne and Kevin Schwoer, and her 3-month-old nephew, Landon Schwoer.

Schurtz’s mother was a former councilwoman in Fanwood.


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