Couple killed in fiery crash on way to their wedding


Schurtz and her fiancé, Joseph D. Kearney, were driving to their wedding venue in Pittsburgh on Wednesday when a tractor-trailer hit their vehicle and killed them both. They were set to be married later that same day in Pittsburgh.

A viewing will be held today for a New Jersey woman who was killed along with her fiancé in a auto crash last week in Pennsylvania.

News 12 New Jersey reported that the crash happened Wednesday on Interstate 78 in Berks County when a tractor-trailer hit the back of their auto, causing a chain reaction with four other vehicles.

That impact pushed the couple's vehicle into another tractor-trailer, with their auto and both trucks catching fire. Our nephew Joseph Kearney and his attractive fiancé Kate Schurtz were killed...

There was also a heavy fire involving two tractor-trailers, as well as the vehicle.

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No other injuries were reported at the time of the accident that left Schurtz and Kearney dead. Traffic was reportedly backed up on the interstate for 12 hours.

Her obituary says she "will be remembered for her voracious appetite for reading, love of cooking, and trailblazing new adventures with Joseph".

The bride, who was born and raised in New Jersey, was the daughter of former Farmwood Councilwoman Karen Schurtz. The 35-year-old lived in Jersey City while working at Oracle Data Cloud in New York City.

In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Kathryn M. Schurtz Scholarship Fund at Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey.

Services for Schurtz are scheduled this week at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Scotch Plains.