Couple killed minutes after wedding: New details emerge

Harley Morgan was still wearing his dark suit and Rhiannon Boudreaux her wedding dress when the Texas "childhood sweethearts" were killed in a crash with a truck minutes after they were married.

Nineteen-year-old Morgan and 20-year-old Boudreaux were pronounced dead on Friday at the scene by the same justice of the peace who had just married them.

"I'm talking five minutes. You may kiss the bride," said Orange Police Cpt. Keith Longlois. "The family was right behind them. They were all going out to go to wherever they were going to have their reception," he said.

Longlois said they were "childhood sweethearts" who decided to be married by a popular Orange County Justice of the Peace Joy Dubose-Simonton.

He said the groom was driving when he tried to exit the driveway of the Justice of The Peace building onto a five-lane motorway. A truck pulling a trailer carrying a heavy tractor slammed into their vehicle. The force was so great that witnesses said the car flipped multiple times before coming to rest in a ditch.

The driver of the truck was not identified but Longlois said he was cooperating with the investigation and there was no sign of wrongdoing. Drug and alcohol tests would be conducted, he said.

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In this Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, photo, LaShawna Morgan, center left, is supported by friend Sherry Williams as she, friends and family gather in a prayer led by Patricia Fruge, left, before cutting the wedding cake and supporting one another at a donut shop in Vidor, Texas, where Morgan's son Harley worked as a night baker. Harley Joe Morgan and his bride, Rhiannon Marie Boudreaux, had just been married earlier in the day and were pulling onto a highway when they were fatally struck by a truck. (Kim Brent/The Beaumont Enterprise via AP)
In this Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, photo, Jessica Koester hugs LaShawna Morgan, as Morgan struggles to join in eating the wedding cake as a group of friends and family gather to support one another at a donut shop in Vidor, Texas, where Morgan's son Harley worked as a night baker. Harley Joe Morgan and his bride, Rhiannon Marie Boudreaux, had just been married at the Orange County Justice of the Peace and were pulling onto a highway when they were fatally struck by a truck. (Kim Brent/The Beaumont Enterprise via AP)
In this Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, photo, manager and close family friend Jessica Koester, front, wipes away a tear as she and others gather to cut the wedding cake and support one another at a donut shop in Vidor, Texas, where Harley Morgan worked as a night baker. Harley Joe Morgan and his bride, Rhiannon Marie Boudreaux, had just been married at the Orange County Justice of the Peace and were pulling onto a highway when they were fatally struck by a truck. (Kim Brent/The Beaumont Enterprise via AP)
This Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, photo, shows the wedding cake, marriage license and other personal items on a table as friends and family gather to cut the wedding cake and support one another at a donut shop in Vidor, Texas, where Harley Morgan worked as a night baker. Harley Joe Morgan and his bride, Rhiannon Marie Boudreaux, had just been married at the Orange County Justice of the Peace and were pulling onto a highway when they were fatally struck by a truck. (Kim Brent/The Beaumont Enterprise via AP)
In this Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, photo, LaShawna Morgan still has blood on her hands as she talks about witnessing her son and daughter-in-law's fatal accident as they remain at the scene, in Orange, Texas. Harley Joe Morgan and his bride, Rhiannon Marie Boudreaux, had just been married and were pulling onto a highway when they were fatally struck by a truck. (Kim Brent/The Beaumont Enterprise via AP)
In this Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, photo, LaShawna Morgan, left, is comforted by close friend Jessica Koester as they remain at the scene of a fatal accident in Orange, Texas, where Morgan's son Harley Joe Morgan and his bride, Rhiannon Marie Boudreaux, had just been married and were pulling onto a highway when they were fatally struck by a truck. (Kim Brent/The Beaumont Enterprise via AP)
In this Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, photo, LaShawna Morgan, left, and close friend Jessica Koester look at a bouquet which police recovered from a vehicle as they remain at the scene of a fatal accident in Orange, Texas, where Morgan's son Harley Joe Morgan and his bride, Rhiannon Marie Boudreaux, had just been married and were pulling onto a highway when they were fatally struck by a truck. (Kim Brent/The Beaumont Enterprise via AP)
In this Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, photo, Christina Fontenot, left, stands by as her adopted mother LaShawna Morgan talks about witnessing the death of her son and daughter-in-law at the scene of a fatal accident in Orange, Texas. Harley Joe Morgan and his bride, Rhiannon Marie Boudreaux, had just been married at the Orange County Justice of the Peace and were pulling onto a highway when they were fatally struck by a truck. (Kim Brent/The Beaumont Enterprise via AP)
In this Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, photo, Christina Fontenot, left, stands by as her adopted mother LaShawna Morgan talks about witnessing the death of her son and daughter-in-law at the scene of a fatal accident in Orange, Texas. Harley Joe Morgan and his bride, Rhiannon Marie Boudreaux, had just been married at the Orange County Justice of the Peace and were pulling onto a highway when they were fatally struck by a truck. (Kim Brent/The Beaumont Enterprise via AP)
In this Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, photo, members of the wedding party sit in a car as they remain at the scene of a fatal accident in Orange, Texas. Harley Joe Morgan and his bride, Rhiannon Marie Boudreaux, had just been married at the Orange County Justice of the Peace and were pulling onto a highway when they were fatally struck by a truck. (Kim Brent/The Beaumont Enterprise via AP)
In this Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, photo, from left, a man identified as the father of the bride reacts at the scene of a fatal accident in Orange, Texas, in which Harley Joe Morgan and his bride, Rhiannon Marie Boudreaux, had just been married and were pulling onto a highway when they were fatally struck by a truck. (Kim Brent/The Beaumont Enterprise via AP)
In this Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, photo, from left, Christina Fontenot, LaShawna Morgan and Jessica Koester watch as a vehicle is towed from the roadside as they remain at the scene of a fatal accident in Orange, Texas. Harley Joe Morgan and his bride, Rhiannon Marie Boudreaux, had just been married at the Orange County Justice of the Peace and were pulling onto a highway when they were fatally struck by a truck. (Kim Brent/The Beaumont Enterprise via AP)
In this Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, photo, wreckage is strewn at the scene of a fatal accident in Orange, Texas. Harley Joe Morgan and his bride, Rhiannon Marie Boudreaux, had just been married at the Orange County Justice of the Peace and were pulling onto a highway when they were fatally struck by a truck. (Kim Brent/The Beaumont Enterprise via AP)
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"I had to sit there and watch my two babies die," the mother of the groom, Kennia Morgan said. "I'm still wearing my son's blood because I was trying my best to rip him and her out of the car."

Morgan, who was driving behind her son and his new wife before the accident, said the newlyweds were high school sweethearts and had dated off for about five years. She said the couple had plenty of plans together, including a larger wedding celebration this Christmas.

"The only thing that they wanted was to get married and start their life. The two of them had so many dreams.

"Go home and hug your family tonight. If you have kids, go home and hug them because now I don't have my kid," she added. "I don't have the one thing in my life that made me happy."

Family and friends had planned for a celebration of the couple at the groom's family home on Friday night.

Instead, they met Friday evening at a nearby Dunkin' Donuts/Baskin Robbins, where Harley had worked. They mourned the newlyweds with a number of mementos, including the couple's rings and the uneaten wedding cake.

Joy Dubose-Simonton, the Justice of the Peace who performed the wedding, also pronounced the couple dead at the scene. Police said the accident is still under investigation.

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