Just three months on from their wedding day, a Tasmanian man has been left devastated after his wife has died in a car accident in Oregon.
James Thorp, 35, and 22-year-old Taylor Nieri were living in the US working as kayak and rafting instructors when a tyre on their 2002 Chevy van blew and threw them into a ditch on July 16.
Nieri, who was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, was declared dead at the scene of the Interstate 5 crash. Thorp, who had been in the back of the van, is now fighting for his life in hospital.
Tragically, Nieri had discussed how happy she was with Thorp and their seemingly perfect life just days before, telling her friend and former flatmate, “If I die tomorrow, it would be fine.”
“I truly feel that I am just so lucky to be living the best life that how could I not die young?” her friend recalled Nieri saying in a blog post.
According to The Mercury, Nieri studied outdoor education at La Trobe University in Bendigo.
The couple met on a “chance meeting” in the Whitsundays in July last year and instantly began planning their life together. In April 2017, they were married.
“Their first night together was spent on a tropical island nestled beneath a tree on a full moon night… Since this fairytale beginning, their life together has been what they regard as a dream come true. Their deep connection to one another, their shared adventures and travels have helped to galvanise a loving bond that they hope to share for a lifetime,” a reading from their wedding published on Nieri’s GoFundMe page read.