Police Suspect Drug Use in Limo Crash That Killed Newlyweds

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    TK
    NBC10 Philadelphia
    Will and Jamie Reid were married three months before the deadly crash that claimed both their lives.

    Police suspect a limousine driver who crashed his car into a North Carolina tree, killing two newlywed teachers from Philadelphia, was impaired by drugs at the time of the crash.

    According to a report obtained by the Citizen-Times of Asheville, the driver, Rodney Koon, was tested for drugs after the crash, but the results have not come back.

    Will Reid, 26, and his 25-year-old wife, Jamie, died when the Lincoln Town Car ran off Interstate 26 in Ashville, N.C. on Aug. 11 and hit a tree.  Jamie, who was pregnant, was killed on impact and Will died a short time later at Mission Hospital.

    The couple were on their way to the airport after attending a friend's wedding the day before.

    Koon, 45, survived, but suffered life threatening injuries and remained hospitalized more than two weeks after the crash.

    No charges have been filed in the case.

    Police also asked for a search warrant to get the driver's cellphone to get possible GPS coordinates to determine the limo's speed and location and other evidence.

    Both Will and Jamie were teachers in Philadelphia and would have been starting a new school year.

    Jamie was at Harrity Elementary School, where she taught reading and writing. "She really wanted every student to feel like they had a place, no matter how different they were or where they came from, she wanted everyone to just to feel welcome, safe and loved," said Christen Young, a fellow teacher, who worked with Jamie for two years.

    Young says Jamie helped the school really open up conversations for kids to talk about bullying.

    Will taught math at People for People Charter School, which posted a statement talking about the couple's passion for teaching.

    "PFPCS will always remember Mr. William and Mrs. Jamie Reid for their love of education, their passion for helping others, and the unwavering commitment to the students and the families they served.   This is the legacy they leave to all who knew and loved them."

    PHOTO COURTESY: Asheville Citizen-Times/CITIZEN-TIMES.COM

     


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