The new bride, Kali Shay Dobson, 25, died after the couple’s Pontiac Firebird overturned on Highway 5 near Old Canton Road at about 8:30 p.m. and she was thrown out and trapped under the car, police said.
Dobson’s new husband, Ryan Patrick Quinton, 27, of Jasper, was driving the car and was sent to Northside-Hospital Cherokee for treatment, said Franka Young, spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Public Safety.
The husband told authorities he lost control of the car because he was trying to miss a dog, the spokeswoman said.
Young said Dobson was not wearing a seat belt and died on the scene.
Blood has been drawn to determine if alcohol was a factor in the crash and charges are pending, the public safety spokeswoman said.
Dobson was a 2006 graduate of Pickens County High School and worked as an orthodontic assistant with Hiser Orthodontics in Cumming.
Just hours earlier, Dobson and Quinton were married at the Wheeler House, a wedding events facility on Gilmer Ferry Road in Ball Ground.
After news of the crash began to spread Sunday night, friends and family posted condolences and remembrances for the 25-year-old Jasper native on Facebook, lamenting the tragic death.
“A beautiful, joyful bride. Kali was & is forever a shining star,” one woman wrote, who also posted a picture from the wedding. “Our hearts are broken.”
In the picture, Dobson and Quinton are shown holding each other close as they dance in front of friends and family after the wedding.
That was one of the last happy memories friends and family have to remember the bride.
A short time later and only minutes after the wreck, the groom was found walking along the roadside by a passer-by who he begged for help.
Ball Ground resident Chris Thomas said he was running a quick errand when he saw the new husband approaching his car, wearing torn clothes with his head and hands bloodied like he’d been in a bad fight.
Thomas said he pulled over and rolled down his window. Quinton fell against the car and, with his voice in despair, said “Help me, help me, help me,” Thomas recalled the day after the wreck.
“He was distraught. He didn’t care nothing about himself,” said Thomas, who called 911 moments later. “He worried about his wife.”
For friends in Ball Ground and Jasper, where Dobson grew up, their hearts are heavy for the fallen bride and the husband she left behind.
Patsy Jordan, who once worked with Dobson’s mother, said her death is taking a toll on many in the area.
“It’s traumatic,” said Jordan, who is also a Cherokee School Board member. “Just to think she just got married and started on her beautiful journey of life and it just ended so suddenly. It was just hard to wrap my brain around something like that.”
Jordan said she knew Dobson and her sisters when they were children. She remembered Dobson as a beautiful girl who had a lovely singing voice and was a friend to many in Ball Ground and Jasper.
“Kali was just an absolutely beautiful, beautiful girl,” Jordan said.
Thomas said he saw Sunday night just how loved the woman who had died in the wreck was, when bridesmaids from her wedding began to arrive on the scene of the crash.
“It was not good,” he said of seeing friends and family horrified at the scene. “It was hysterical at that point.”
Canton resident Lee Wynn, whose granddaughter took part in Dobson’s wedding Sunday, said his granddaughter cannot fathom the tragedy.
“It’s quite a shock,” said Wynn, adding that he knew Dobson for almost her whole life. “This is the biggest shock of my life that someone could be leaving to go on their honeymoon (and die).”
Wynn said his granddaughter and Dobson were born on the same day in 1988 and have been close their entire lives, sometimes having joint birthday parties.
“She was a beautiful young lady inside and out,” he said.
Thomas said he witnessed the shock setting in with Quinton on Sunday night as they stood together at the crash site.
After Thomas found the groom on the roadside, he let Quinton in his car and they drove to scene of the crash, about a half mile away, across the street from a church. When they arrived, Thomas said he looked from the road down a steep embankment and saw the car lying flat on the ground, with the words “Just Married” painted on the back glass.
Before emergency workers arrived, Thomas said he and Quinton walked down the hill to the car. He called Quinton over to pray with him.
“Dear Lord, calm my brother, be with his wife, their family and give them peace,” Thomas remembers praying. “Give them some hope.”
Thomas said the prayer seemed to help Quinton in whatever small way a man in that situation could be helped.
“God put me there I think maybe to comfort this guy a little bit,” Thomas said, adding that he hoped to meet Quinton again and help him anyway he could. “I’d like to meet that young man. I want to make him feel better.”
Roper Funeral Home in Jasper is in charge of Dobson’s arrangements.
Funeral services are scheduled for Friday at 2 p.m. at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Jasper. Burial will follow in Long Swamp Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home today and tomorrow at a time to be announced.