Newlyweds killed in collision only moments after wedding

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BEAUMONT-PORT ARTHUR, Texas (CNN/WTRF) — A tragic accident took the lives of a young married couple only minutes after saying their vows.

19-year-old Harley Joe Morgan and his bride, 20-year-old Rhiannon Marie Morgan left an Orange County, Texas courtroom Friday afternoon and as they pulled out of the driveway, their car and a pickup truck collided.

“The only thing that they wanted was to get married and start their life,” said Kennia Morgan, the groom’s mother. “The two of them had so many dreams.”

Dreams suddenly taken away five minutes after the ceremony had ended.

The groom’s mother and sister were behind the couple and saw the collision.

“My worst nightmare happened in front of my eyes,” said Morgan. “That’s an image that will haunt me the rest of my life. I won’t forget it. It will never go away. I will see that truck hit my baby and kill my baby every night of my life the rest of the time that I’m on earth.”

The couple also had plans for a larger wedding in the near future.

“The 20th of December is when we were going to have matrimony with the flowers, all the friends, rest of the family, everything,” said Christina Fontenot, the groom’s sister.

A family that was looking ahead now has a message of all of us.

“Love your family, even if they’ve made you mad, make amends,” said Morgan. “Don’t go to bed angry because you don’t know. You don’t know how fast you can lose that person.”

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