Family mourns the death of newlywed on same day as wedding

News 12 at 11 / Monday, June 3, 2013

MARTINEZ, Ga. (WRDW) — It was supposed to be one of the happiest days of their lives, but instead it turned into one of the most tragic after a newlywed couple gets into an accident leaving their own reception.

It killed the groom, 35-year-old Brian Orzechowski. His new wife Crystal is still in critical condition tonight.

Now, the family says they’re just trying to remember the good memories to help get them through.

“I also promise to pretend I’m sorry for breaking your “My Little Ponies” when we were six years old,” Brian said as he recited his vows to Crystal Saturday afternoon.

It was a day these two people had been waiting for since they were six years old. Brian Orzechowski and Crystal Krentler were finally getting married, but what was supposed to be one of the best days in their lives soon turned into the worst.

“Pieces of his car. This is what I got to remind me how my son died,” the groom’s mother Brenda Erhart said as she pulled car scraps from a trash bag.

The couple got into an accident leaving their own wedding reception. It killed Brian, left Crystal in critical condition, and left the groom’s mother broken-hearted.

“I’ve been calling his phone just so I could hear his voice. I love you Brian. And I miss you so much. I wish you could come home,” she said between sobs.

It was in her very backyard where the two said “I do” after 28 years, spending perhaps their happiest moments together just hours before the crash.

Laughs as the bride was pushed into the pool and smiles as the two smeared cake in each others faces are memories the family says are helping them through it all.

“I sit in the backyard looking over where they got married at, and I know for the last hours of my son’s life, he was very happy,” Erhart said.

They’re a family trying to be strong, remembering a man who did three tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan.

“Every time we were playing Army games when he used to be in Iraq and all that, we’d say what name do you want to be in the Army? And I would say Uncle Brian. We used to always look up to him. I hope that in heaven I can see him,” nephews Chase Banks and Gregory Williams said.

The family says the soldiers that fought with Orzechowski are coming home for his funeral.

Deputies are still investigating the cause of the accident. They say Brian was ultimately at fault, crossing over into the other lane, but they also say he was not intoxicated.

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