Vulture Flies Out of Ditch, Kills Couple on Motorcycle

Army veteran, wife leave behind 4 children
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 22, 2019 6:47 PM CDT
Vulture Flies Out of Ditch, Causes Fatal Crash
The family is shown in an image from the GoFundMe campaign.   (GoFundMe)

Authorities say a vulture caused a crash that killed an Army veteran and his wife as they rode a motorcycle in southern Kansas, the AP reports. The Kansas Highway Patrol says the bird came out of a ditch Saturday afternoon and struck 42-year-old Brandon Husband, of Fowler, in the head on a rural road near Medicine Lodge, about 75 miles southwest of Wichita. The motorcycle then went off the road, struck a barbed wire fence, and overturned. The patrol says neither Husband nor his wife, 43-year-old Jennifer Lynn Husband, was wearing a helmet.

Brandon Husband's obituary says he served one tour in Kosovo, three in Afghanistan, and was part of an Iraqi soldier training mission on the Iraq-Jordan border. His wife's obituary notes of the couple, "She was his Queen . . . He was her King." The Husbands leave behind four children, and a GoFundMe campaign set up on their behalf has raised more than $6,000 so far. "Her children were her life. Riding motorcycles was her passion," Lynn Husband's obituary says. "Lynn’s smile and infectious laugh were known by all." (She was alive as they searched for her, but not for long.)

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