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Dozens of people paid their respects to Brian Orzechowski Friday at a roadside memorial for the new husband who was killed in a crash while he was driving to his honeymoon.

Just a few days before Orzechowski's family mourned at his memorial near Wildwood Park they celebrated his wedding to Crystal Krentler.

Her sister April Krentler says she's in critical condition and is in a medically induced coma. She says she doesn't know that her husband is dead yet.

"The last day of his life was the happiest day of his life without a doubt," said Krentler.

Orzechowski's mother stood behind him on his wedding day. Friday she combed the area where the crash happened looking for his cell phone so she'll have something of his to hold on to.

Krentler has known Orzechowski since she was five-years-old and she says it was his goal in life to make others laugh.

Video from the couple's wedding day shows the groom's humor. He wrote his own witty wedding vows and after he pushed his new bride into the pool he jumped in after her.

"It's just sad that it took 28 years to get two people back together, only for this to happen," said Krentler through tears.

Columbia County investigators say Orzechowski was killed when drove into the wrong lane and crashed into another car while he was on his way to the Pointes West Army Resort with his bride.  

Torvoy Curry was the driver of the other vehicle. He wasn't seriously injured but he's facing charges for driving with an open container and a suspended license.

Family members say Orzechowski wasn't drunk; his blood alcohol test results will be back in a few weeks.

Krentler says the couple knew each other since they were young children and dated eight months before they were married.

"They both were extremely happy and that's the most important thing," Krentler, said.

Orzechowski fought for our country; he did three tours in Iraq. But they're waiting to bury him until his bride, who is fighting for her life, is able to attend his funeral.

"We can't make any arrangements or have any closure until she's awake," said Julie Orzechowski, the sister-in-law of the groom. 

Krentler is hoping doctors will bring her sister out of the coma within 48 hours.

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