Hospital Wedding Day Before Bride Dies

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A woman married her boyfriend in a hospital ceremony the day before succumbing to injuries she suffered when a car struck her in Ottawa County.

Amanda Lawrence was set to wed Shane Swift next month. Instead, she married him on Friday, the day before she died.

The 21-year-old Hudsonville resident had been in critical condition following the crash Aug. 18 in Port Sheldon Township. A 16-year-old driver says he didn't see Lawrence walking due to the position of the sun. He struck her with a GMC Silverado.

Her co-worker, Debbie Petolick, told The Holland Sentinel a family member picked up the wedding bands at Lawrence's workplace, Kay Jewelers, so they could perform the wedding on Friday.

A funeral service is scheduled for Wednesday.


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  • by Ariel Location: Severna Park, MD on Sep 5, 2010 at 10:38 PM
    My heart goes out to her family and her husband. How tragic it must be to know you only have a few more moments to be with the one you love after you just got married. My heart is breaking and I just want to pour out to this family and just tell them how deeply, deeply sorry I am for their loss and that they are in my prayers. She will not be forgotten, God Bless.
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