Clearwater couple dies in crash one day after wedding

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Austin J. Wesson and Rebekah C. Bouma | Photo: Rachel Byker Bouma Austin J. Wesson and Rebekah C. Bouma | Photo: Rachel Byker Bouma
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A couple has died following a crash near Clearwater on Saturday, the day after they were married. 

Deputies were called at around 6:30 p.m. to a rollover crash near 79th Street South and 103rd Street West. Lt. Lin Dehning with the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office says deputies found a Ford pickup truck on its side against a tree. 

"Evidence from the scene indicated that the pickup was northbound on 103rd Street West when the driver lost control of the vehicle.  The vehicle left the roadway and struck the tree."

The driver, 19-year-old Austin R. Wesson, died at the scene.  The passenger, 19-year-old Rebekah C. Bouma, was transported by EMS to a local hospital where she died early Monday morning. Online fundraising sites state Wesson was from South Africa, but the local sheriff indicates they were both living in Clearwater.

Rebekah's mother said on Facebook that her daughter had just married Wesson on Friday. An online fund has been established to help their families.

Friends of the family say that Bouma say she was kind and sweet. 

"Well, she was a real sweet girl," said retired swim team coach Bob Cummings. 

"She was just one of those students who makes an immediate impression, just full of life, full of these great sparkly eyes, she really did have a light about her," said Trinity Academy teacher Renee Edwards. 

***Note: The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office provided an update on Monday evening, stating Wesson, previously reported to be 30-years-old, to be only 19-years-old.***

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One person has been killed, and another critically injured, after their vehicle crashed into a tree Saturday night. 

It happened Saturday night just before 6:40 near 103rd and W 70th Street near Clearwater.

A sergeant from the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office tells KAKE News that a truck crashed into a tree. The Accident Response Team is on the scene, at this point investigators don't believe rain caused the crash. S Maize Rd (103rd Street West) is closed until further notice.

The identities of the two people inside won't be released, pending family notification.

This story is developing.

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