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Wedding-Day Couple Gets in Car Crash. Then, This

Joseph DeMichele and Feliece Terwilliger go on wild ride
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2018 11:45 AM CST
Suffolk County Police Officer Cody Matthews, center, poses with a family after driving them to Town Hall in the Village of Lake Grove, NY, where the couple got married, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018.   (Suffolk County Police Department via AP)

(Newser) – A Long Island couple, a car crash, and the world's most earnest cop—what more do you need on a wedding day? Joseph DeMichele and fiancée Feliece Terwilliger were driving to say "I do" Saturday in the village of Lake Grove when they crashed into a car U-turning in front of them, ABC News reports. No one was hurt, including their two kids, ages 5 and 10, but the accident was at 1:15pm. The wedding was slated for 15 minutes later. "It really was one of those things that you were anticipating for so long that you were just wanting so badly for the chance to get married," says DeMichele. "All I wanted to do was marry my best friend." And the crash scene didn't bode well: cops, firefighters, two hysterical children. What hope was there?

They told police where they were going, and a sergeant didn't hesitate: "Suddenly, he turns around and he's like, 'You know what we're going to do?'" says Terwilliger. "'We're going to get you to your wedding.'" Soon Police Officer Cody Matthews was driving the stunned couple and their kids in the patrol car, sirens blaring, right up to the town hall where the mayor was planning to marry them. But as Terwilliger already knew, one of their two witnesses was absent—and the mayor called that a deal-breaker. Enter, of course, Kennedy: "He turned out to be my best man and my witness," says DeMichele. The punch line: Their family in Brooklyn was going to be surprised by the wedding, but saw the whole story on the news. No word yet on whether Matthews will "accompany the couple on their honeymoon," quips CBS New York. (The baker in a gay wedding-cake case is now in a transgender cake case.)

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