A young newlywed couple was killed in a tragic car accident on Friday, Aug. 23, in Orange County, Texas, just moments after leaving the courthouse following their wedding.
According to the Orange Police Department, 19-year-old Harley Morgan and 20-year-old Rhiannon Boudreaux were pulling onto a highway when their car collided with a pickup truck towing a trailer carrying a tractor.
The accident occurred at around 3:00 p.m. Friday just minutes after the two exchanged vows. The sister and mother of the groom were traveling behind the newlyweds and witnessed the accident.
“I watched my baby die,” the mother of the groom, LaShawna Morgan said. “I’m still wearing my son’s blood because I was trying my best to rip him and her out of the car.”
The couple was pronounced dead at the scene by the same justice of the peace who had just married them.
Orange Police Capt. Keith Longlois said they were “childhood sweethearts” who decided to be married by a popular Orange County Justice of the Peace Joy Dubose-Simonton.
Morgan was driving a 2004 Chevrolet when he tried to exit the private drive of the Justice of The Peace building onto a five-lane highway. A 2015 Ford F-250 pickup truck towing a trailer carrying a heavy tractor hit the couple’s vehicle. The car flipped multiple times before coming to rest in a ditch, according to witnesses.
Relatives said the couple was planning a formal wedding for family and friends December.
“Those two babies. The only thing that they wanted was to get married and start their life,” LaShawna Morgan said. “The two of them had so many dreams.”
Police said the man driving the truck, who was not identified, was reportedly not injured. Alcohol and drug tests would be conducted. The driver of the truck was cooperating with the investigation and it is not known if any charges will be filed against him.