A Georgia man has been charged with killing his newlywed in a December drunken driving crash — only hours after the two tied the knot.
Ryan Quinton, 28, originally told cops he’d seen a dog on a rural highway when he swerved out of the way and lost control of his Pontiac Firebird, ejecting 25-year-old Kali Dobson from the car. The vehicle came to rest in an embankment, on top of the blond-haired newlywed.
Tests showed Quinton had a 0.114 blood-alcohol level, above the state’s .08 limit.
Quinton, of Jasper, was booked at the Cherokee Adult Detention Center on Wednesday and charged with DUI, weaving over a roadway, reckless driving and vehicular homicide.
Kali Dobson, 25, died at the scene before emergency workers could respond.
He was later released on a $25,000 bond, Lt. Jay Baker told the Daily News.
The tragic crash happened only hours after the couple married earlier in the day at the Wheeler House on Gilmer Ferry Road, where the happy couple also had their wedding reception.
Afterwards, an allegedly drunken Quinton got behind the wheel and took off down Ball Ground Highway.
After the crash, Quinton staggered away from the scene and flagged down a bystander for help.
Kali Dobson was an orthodontic assistant who loved music. She died only hours after her wedding and her husband, who authorities say was drunk, was charged with vehicular homicide.
“His shirt was all torn up and he was bleeding,” the witness, Chris Thomas, told WSBTV. “He had blood all over his face and blood was coming out of his hands and stuff and just looked bad. And it scared me to death.”
Thomas said he called 911 while trying to comfort the wailing groom, who desperately wanted to save his wife.
The pretty young bride died at the scene.
“There was nothing that could be done,” Thomas recalled. “The car was on top of her. You couldn’t even see her.”