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Tragic auto accident claims lives of groom, ring bearer, and groomsman

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Twenty-three-year-old Brandon Tedder was supposed to get married at Council Baptist Church Saturday, but never made it that far. Just one hour before his wedding, the groom and two members of his wedding party were struck and killed in a car accident Tedder's best man, 19-year-old Brandon Mintz was driving the groom and ring barer, 13-year-old Daniel Sykes. The trio was headed to Lake Waccamaw to meet family members before heading to the church. Highway Patrol said the wedding party was traveling east on Highway 214 when a silver Chrysler, driving in the opposite direction, veered into the wrong lane. Sergeant John Lewis responded to the accident. “There was a silver Chrysler convertible on the west bound shoulder and there was a red Honda Prelude in the eastbound ditch.” Highway Patrol diverted traffic around the highway while they cleaned up the accident, but not before some drivers witnessed the scene. Tiny Jacobs said, “Glass everywhere, the front of the car was off.” Patrol said all three passengers were killed instantly from the impact. None of the passengers were wearing their seatbelts. Sykes, the ring bearer, was thrown from the car. The driver of the Chrysler, 43-year-old John Daniel Kelly, was air lifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Kelly's 17-year-old son, Michael Vincent, was in the passenger seat but was not seriously injured. Both the Kelly’s were wearing their seatbelts. “They probably escaped death because they had their seat belts on,” said Sergeant Lewis. Tedder planned to marry Angel Bonham from Kelly. Highway Patrol is investigating whether alcohol and speed were factors in the accident. There have been six highway deaths in Columbus County this year.

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Brandon!

Brandon Mntz was a really good friend of mine i practically grew up with him and the morning i found out he had passed i was devastated an couldnt believe it had happened so quickly i also knew Angel we all lost something great! Rest In Peace Brandon Mintz, Brandon Tedder && Daniel Sykes

you will all be greatly missed! :(

Brandon had been my friend

Brandon had been my friend since i was about 15 and i still cant believe he is really gone. I am having to give a speech tonight and i decided to give one on drinking and driving which i dedicate to him.

Tragic accident

Brandon Mintz was my cousin. The son of Ellasue & Buddy Mintz. There only son. It seems so unreal. I wish we could have done more.These three boys were so innocent. Just wanting to go to a wedding. Now they will never go to there own. Just because of a drunk driver. Life is so unfair sometimes. Amber C.

Just in Awe...

I just learned of this tragedy today, and my heart breaks for all of the families involved. I pray that God will ease your pain, and that you find peace in the days ahead. May God bless you and your families and just remember, you will be reunited one day.

DRUNK DRIVING

HAVE YOU READ THAT 3 YOUNG MEN GOT KILLED BY A DRUNK DRIVER!!! SEAT BELTS OR NOT JOHN KELLY SOULD NOT HAVE BEEN DRIVING.HE TOOK 3 YOUNG MEN AWAY FROM THERE FAMILIES.3 FAMILIES HAVE TO PAY FOR WHAT JOHN KELLY DID!!!HE WILL GET TO SEE HIS SON AND FAMILY.EVERY TIME A DRUNK DRIVER GET BEHIND THE WHEEL FAMILIES ARE TORN APART.IF THE LAW WAS AS TIGHT ON DRUNK DRIVING AS THEY WERE ON SMOKING ALOT OF PEOPLE WOULD BE ALIVE TODAY.

U all are in our prayers and

U all are in our prayers and thoughts god will keep u all in his arms .

CROSSES

There needs to be 3 Wooden Crosses on the right side of the Highway...For the 3 ANGELS!!!

Fatal groom accident

My heart really goes out to the families. I am so sorry for your loss. The punishment for DUI's are far too lieniant. I heard this on the news lastnight and my heart just sank. I will keep this family in my prayers. To the bride and all others who lost loved ones, I say this, just keep your faith in GOD and he will see you through this.

Let us not cast the first stone

The report said "There were beer bottles found in the car". The report did not say the driver was intoxicated. I have four beer bottles in my back seat that I picked up at a state park over the weekend and I don't drink. There has already been enough loss and devistation for both famalies before jumping to conclusions. My heart aches for everyone involved. I cannot imagine such a loss. All I'm saying is respect everyone and don't cast the first stone until the evidence presents itself. If he is guilty.. Hurl away..

Sorry for this terrible tragedy

To Nikki, the Mintz, Tedder & Sykes families, Words cannot express my sorrow for your loss. It's hard to fathom what took place on what should have been a very joyous day. Know that you all are in our thoughts & prayers. God Bless you & comfort you as only HE can.

Tragedy

I've known the 2 older guys for many years. they were great guys who would do anything for you. My heart goes out to you nikki. i want you to know if you need ANYTHING, just get up with me. My sister will be glad to give you my number. and i honestly hope if the other guy was drunk, he needs to go to prison for the rest of his life, no parole. lethal injection would be too good for him. These people are on the roads every day killing innocent people and need to be stopped.

Keeping you in my prayers

It's always the drunk drivers who survive tragedies such as this one...If only he would have stayed home and those three guys would have still been alive to prosper in life.My prayers truly goes out to the families of the three guys God called home.I can imagine it's beyond a, and unbearable time to cope with but the good Lord will bring you through this tough time, to face a better day.I will keep you in my prayers

This is the bride, just

This is the bride, just wanted to clear things up. There were only 3 people in that car, Daniel was a groomsman and B Mintz was the best man. I miss my guys so much, I have lost 2 of my best friends, the only 2 guys that could make things right!!! Brandon Tedder I love you so much, you told me we where already married and we were just confirming it!!!! I am your wife, even if not by law, but by love!!!! I am wearing my ring and I promise I will not take it off!!! I love you so much baby!!!! B,(mintz) I love you, you are family, and I want you to know it was NOT your fault!!!!! That man will pay for what he has done!!!! GOD will see to that. And i know yall are up there with him, I am jealous of yall. We can't imagine what Heaven looks like, but yall are eating it up!!! Take care of each other, Brandon keep Daniel close!!!! I love yall and will see yall again one day!!!!

When things like this

When things like this happen, you always ask WHY? God only knows. I knew one to the boys that was killed (an only child) and my heart aches for his family and so many more that have been affected by this great tragedy. I myself was at a different wedding when I heard the news. The terrible news I am sure was heart breaking for those awaiting the groom and groomsmen. I pray that God will comfort the bride to be and through all of this, blessings will rain down all those affected! It truly reminds us of how preciuos life is!

My thoughts and prayers to

My thoughts and prayers to the families of the young men involved in this horrible tragedy.

May God Be With You

I am sending out my prayers to the families may God Be With You during this tragic loss...Your In My Prayers

A DRUNK driver killed those

A DRUNK driver killed those 3 boys..I hope they charge him for 3 1st degree murders...sick! And he almost killed his own son!!!

The groom was a friend of

The groom was a friend of mine. He worked with me at Wal Mart. He is being missed terribly. Work was gloomy today

Three killed

If you're reading The News Reporter's story at whiteville.com about three killed in Columbus County Saturday, you're getting part of your story wrong -- The whiteville.com story does not say a fourth person was ejected -- A fourth person WAS NOT ejected from the car in which three were killed. The 13-year-old ring bearer was ejected, and the groom and best man were not -- The second car involved did not involve any ejection.

Prayers

My thoughts and prayers go out to these families. (((B.L.M.)))

my prayers go out to the

my prayers go out to the families,i no this is very painful for the families, especially for the soon to be bride.

Words can not express how

Words can not express how sorry I am to hear this. My prayers are will all involved. I can not imagine the pain that swept through that church yesterday as a young bride was left waiting for a groom that would never appear. May God Bless all of you in the following days.

prayers

I do not know the gentlemen or the families in this terrible tradgedy, but I do want everyone to know I am truley sorry for your lose and you ALL will be in my prayers. I know they are together and rejoicing with the Lord our Savior. God Bless All of You.