Ohio Groom Killed in Crash Just Hours After Wedding

New wife Ruth Driskill in critical condition
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 14, 2014 11:07 AM CDT
Ohio Groom Killed in Crash Just Hours After Wedding
Andrew Bloomfield died on his wedding day.   (Shutterstock)

On Sunday, Andrew Bloomfield married his bride. "Three hours later or so," the Ohio 27-year-old was dead and his new wife hospitalized. Bloomfield, wife Ruth Driskill, and friends Elizabeth Shelton and Timothy Tebbe had driven to Tebbe's house and, per the AP, were en route back to the wedding reception when a single-vehicle crash occurred around 4pm. The Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum reports that Tebbe was driving and lost control of the Dodge Ram, which hit an embankment and began to roll, smashing into a utility pole before ending up in a cornfield.

WMFD reports that Bloomfield and Shelton, 26, were thrown from the truck; Shelton died at the scene, and Bloomfield later died in the hospital. The 37-year-old bride and Tebbe were removed from the car using the Jaws of Life. Investigators suspect none of the passengers was wearing seat belts. Wyandot County Sheriff Michael R. Hetzel says that alcohol likely was a factor in the crash, based on statements of people who were at the wedding reception, but that hasn't been determined for sure. Says a friend of Bloomfield's, "They were just getting ready to start a life together and then three hours later or so, it just happened, and he's just gone." As of yesterday afternoon, Tebbe and Driskill remained in critical condition. (The tragedy has echoes of a 2011 accident.)

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