The new bride, Kali Shay Dobson, 25, died after the couple’s Pontiac Firebird overturned on Highway 5 about 8:30 p.m. and she was thrown from the car, said Franka Young, spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Public Safety.
Young said Dobson’s new husband, Ryan Patrick Quinton, 27, of Jasper, was driving the car and has told authorities that he lost control and drove off the road because he was trying to miss a dog.
Dobson was not wearing a seatbelt and was trapped under the car when it stopped, Young said. She died on the scene and Quinton was sent to Northside-Hospital Cherokee in Canton for treatment.
“Blood was drawn to determine if alcohol was a contributing factor,” Young said Monday. “The crash is still under investigation. Charges are pending.”
The couple had been married earlier Sunday at the Wheeler House on Gilmer Ferry Road in Ball Ground, a spokesman for the venue confirmed.
After news of the crash began to spread Sunday night, friends and family posted condolences and remembrances for the 25-year-old Jasper native on Facebook.
“A beautiful, joyful bride. Kali was & is forever a shining star,” one woman wrote, along with posting a picture from the wedding. “Our hearts are broken.”
In the picture, Dobson and Quinton are shown holding each other close as they dance in front of friends and family at their reception.
Others on Facebook remembered Dobson’s beauty and remarked on their shock about the tragic incident.
Patsy Jordan, Cherokee School Board member, who once worked with Dobson’s mother, said her death is taking a toll on many in Ball Ground and Jasper, where attended school at Pickens County High School.
“It’s traumatic,” Jordan said Monday. “Just to think she just got married and started on her beautiful journey of life and it just ended so suddenly. It was just hard to wrap my brain around something like that.”
Jordan said she knew Dobson and her sisters when they were children. She remembered Dobson as a beautiful girl who had a lovely singing voice and was a friend to many in Ball Ground and Jasper.
“Kali was just an absolutely beautiful, beautiful girl,” Jordan said.
Jordan said Dobson’s family is totally devastated by her death.
Canton resident Lee Wynn is the grandfather of one of Dobson’s dearest friends and said he cannot fathom the tragedy.
“It’s quite a shock,” said Wynn, whose granddaughter Mallory was in Dobson’s wedding Sunday. “My granddaughter left the wedding and went home and posted (on Facebook) what a great wedding it had been.”
Wynn said his granddaughter and Dobson were born on the same day in 1988 and have been close their whole lives, sometimes having joint birthday parties.
“She was a beautiful young lady inside and out,” he said. “This is the biggest shock of my life that someone could be leaving to go on their honeymoon (and die).”
Roper Funeral Home in Jasper is in charge of Dobson’s arrangements. A spokesman for the funeral home said Monday morning that no details had been set yet.