Philly Newlywed Teachers Killed in Car Crash

Friends and family are mourning the loss of a Philadelphia couple killed in a car accident.

William Reid, 26, and his wife Jamie Reid, 25, both from the Philadelphia area, were visiting Asheville, N.C. over the weekend. The couple was riding in the back of a town car heading east on Interstate 26 on Sunday when police say the driver lost control of the vehicle. The car went down an embankment and struck a tree.

Jamie Reid died at the scene while William Reid died at the hospital, according to Lehigh Valley Live. The driver, 45-year-old Rodney Koon of Asheville, was hospitalized. Police have not yet revealed what caused Koon to lose control of the vehicle.

The couple had just gotten married back on May 26, according to the couple's obituary. William Reid worked as a math teacher with the People for People Charter School in Philadelphia. He was named the Valedictorian for Phillipsburg High School Class of 2005, earned a BA degree from Dartmouth College and a Masters of Education Degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Jamie Reid, who grew up in Washington, moved to Philadelphia after graduating Magna Cum Laude at Whitman College. She joined Teach for America and taught writing as well as literature to middle schoolers in Philadelphia. Before her death, she taught at Harrity Elementary, a mastery charter school in Philadelphia. Reid also earned a Masters degree in Urban Education from the University of Pennsylvania where she graduated with William in May of 2012.

A memorial service will be held for the couple on August 17 at noon at the Doyle-Devlin Funeral Home, Inc. on 695 Corliss Ave in Phillipsburg, N.J.

Memorials may be sent to the William and Jamie Reid Scholarship Fund for the Valedictorian, c/o Phillipsburg High School, 200 Hillcrest Boulevard, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865 with checks payable to: Phillipsburg High School. Contributions can also be made to the Jamie Soukup Reid Memorial Scholarship fund, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA 99362.

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