Newlywed bride killed in tragic accident on way to wedding reception

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New Bride Dies in Crash on Way to Reception


Saturday should have been the best day of Jana Miles' life, but instead, it was the opposite.

The 40-year-old woman from Whittington, Illinois had just married William Burnett earlier that day. The two were on the way to the reception on Burnett's motorcycle when they struck a deer that had run onto the roadway, according to KFVS.

The husband suffered minor injuries, but​ Miles was thrown off the bike during the collision, critically injuring the woman. She was transported to Franklin County hospital where she succumbed to her injuries Saturday night.

Miles was always ray of light, according to her new son-in-law, Khole Smilie.



Smilie told KFVS that although the bride took her job as a dispatcher for the Franklin County Sheriff's Department seriously, she always made time to bring smiles to others.

"She's looked over the entire sheriff's department," he said. "That combined with the laughing and giggling over time," he said.

The 40-year-old and Burnett had only known each other for two months before tying the knot, but the couple shared an extraordinary bond.



Miles' family has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for her funeral arrangements. You can donate here.

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