Groom Charged in Bride's Wedding-Day Death

Ryan Quinton charged in Dec. 29 car crash
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2014 6:22 AM CST
Groom Charged in Bride's Wedding-Day Death
Ryan Quinton is seen in an undated photo provided by the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office.   (Cherokee County Sheriff's Office)

What should have been the happiest day of his life now has a Georgia man facing prison. Hours after her Dec. 29 wedding near Atlanta, Kali Dobson was killed in a car crash; new husband Ryan Quinton was behind the wheel, and told police he swerved to avoid a dog. The car flew down an embankment and Dobson, who wasn't wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the car—which read "Just Married" on the rear—before it came to rest on top of her, killing her, police say. Now Quinton, who police say had a BAC of 0.114, has been charged with DUI, vehicular homicide, weaving over a roadway, and reckless driving.

But the bride's mom says the move is anything but comforting. "He is my son and a brother to my daughters now and an uncle to my grandbabies," she tells the Marietta Daily Journal. "We can't stand to see something happen to him. We're behind him. Whatever it takes, we're right there for him." Quinton, 28, has since been released on a $25,000 bond. A witness who found a bloodied Quinton searching for help told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he was "hysterical." Things only got worse when the bridal party arrived, still in their dresses. "There was nothing that could be done," the witness said, per the New York Daily News. "The car was on top of her. You couldn't even see her." (More blood alcohol level stories.)

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