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Cause for crash that killed Pennsylvania teachers unknown

A young woman and her new husband died after a single-vehicle traffic crash. The victims were Pennsylvania teachers who had attended a friend's wedding out of state. The couple had been married under three months before the fatal car accident.

The 26-year-old man and his 25-year-old wife were rear-seat passengers in a rented town car. The couple was being driven to an Asheville, North Carolina, airport to catch a flight home to Philadelphia. Inside the wife's purse was an ultrasound image; the newlywed was pregnant.

The car driver lost control, although police records did not say why that happened. Authorities later stated the driver's actions "directly contributed" to the double fatality. The new statement did not clarify the reason the town car left the road, rolled down an embankment and struck a tree.

Family members said the catastrophically injured husband directed emergency personnel to care first for his pregnant wife. He apparently did not know that the woman had already died in the crash. The husband was conscious for a brief time at the crash site. He died shortly after reaching the hospital.

The 45-year-old town car driver was hospitalized with injuries. Police are considering file criminal charges.

If you have lost a loved one in a car accident due to someone else's negligent or reckless behavior, contact an experienced personal injury attorney. You may be eligible to collect financial damages for your loss. Eligibility for damages depends upon whether a defendant is found guilty of negligence. A damage award might address the pain and suffering a victim endured between the initial injuries and death. Recovery of a victim's medical costs, burial expenses and wage losses are some the economic damages available. You may also be able to seek non-economic compensation for emotional trauma caused by the loss of a loved one.

Source:  nbcphiladelphia.com, "Philly Newlywed Teachers Killed in Car Crash" David Chang, Aug. 17, 2013