Kathryn Schurtz, 35, and her fiance Joseph Kearney, 42, were driving on I-78 in Pennsylvania on Wednesday afternoon when a semi hit them from behind, pushing them into another tractor-trailer and triggering a chain-reaction crash that set their vehicle ablaze, Lehigh Valley Live reported. The 35-year-old lived in Jersey City while working at Oracle Data Cloud in New York City.
Schurtz grew up in Union County, New Jersey.
Pennsylvania State Police say a tractor-trailer ran into the back of a auto Wednesday, starting a chain-reaction with four other vehicles on Westbound Interstate 78. The collision set up a chain reaction accident and fire involving five tractor trailers and the one passenger vehicle. Police say a tractor-trailer was unable to stop and pushed the couple's vehicle into another tractor-trailer.
An online obitiuary for the bride-to-be said: 'She will be remembered for her voracious appetite for reading, love of cooking, and trailblazing new adventures with Joseph'. His aunt posted on Facebook on Sunday that the family's "lives changed tragically" when they heard the news.
'Our memories will help carry us through.
Schurtz, according to a Facebook page for the town of Fanwood, was the daughter of a former city councilwoman. Our nephew Joseph Kearney and his attractive fiancé Kate Schurtz were killed...
Further information on Kearney wasn't immediately available.
She graduated from Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey.