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Newlywed Philly teachers killed in North Carolina crash

Jamie Reid and Will Reid at their May wedding. The couple died in a car crash in North Carolina on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013. (Facebook photo)
Jamie Reid and Will Reid at their May wedding. The couple died in a car crash in North Carolina on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013. (Facebook photo)

A recently married pair of Philadelphia teachers died in a car wreck in North Carolina over the weekend.

Will Reid, 26, and Jamie Reid, 25, were in Asheville, N.C., for a friend's wedding when their hired town car ran off the road and struck a tree, killing the young couple, according to the Asheville Citizen-Times.

An online obituary for the couple says they married in late May.

Will Reid was a math teacher with the People for People Charter School, according to the obituary. Jamie Reid taught at Harrity Elementary.

The crash happened at about 11 a.m. Sunday when town car driver Rodney Koon lost control and veered off Interstate 26, the Citizen-Times reported. Jamie Reid was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash; her husband died at a hospital later Sunday.

Koon, 45, was also hurt in the crash. The Citizen-Times reports that court documents say his "actions directly contributed to the collision" and say he may be charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle.

The investigation into the crash is continuing.

The couple's obituary says both of the Reids received masters of education degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2012.

Jamie Reid graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., and moved to Philadelphia in 2010 as a Teach for America instructor, teaching seventh-grade writing and literature in city schools.

Will Reid attended Phillipsburg High School in Warren County and Dartmouth College. 


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