Newlywed Bride Dies Moments After Her Wedding

Priyanka Prasad
Jana Miles-Burnett passed away in a motorcycle crash on the way to her wedding reception.

Jana Miles-Burnett

An Illinois bride died this past weekend still in her wedding dress—just minutes after Jana Miles-Burnett tied the knot with William Burnett, she was involved in a motorcycle crash that ended her life.

According to Inside Edition, the bride and groom exchanged vows in Buckner, Illinois Saturday evening following only two months of dating. Miles-Burnett was a 911 dispatcher at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, and after meeting through mutual friends, a romance quickly blossomed with Burnett, leading to marriage.

The wedding ceremony was attended by close friends and family, including Miles-Burnett’s two children: a twenty-two-year-old daughter, Sarah Smillie, and fourteen-year-old son, Cody Miles.   

Shortly after the ceremony, Miles-Burnett and Burnett hopped on Burnett’s motorcycle to drive to the wedding reception. Unfortunately, they were within a rural area, and a deer suddenly ran onto the road, causing Burnett to swerve and crash. Miles-Burnett was taken to the hospital by ambulance, but could not be saved. Burnett only suffered minor injuries.

Individuals have been donating to a GoFundMe page set up by Miles-Burnett’s son-in-law in order to cover memorial and funeral costs. As of today, 190 people have donated over $5,000, halfway to the page’s goal of $10,000.

Miles-Burnett’s daughter has said of her mother that, “She did everything she had to to make sure me and my brother were taken care of. My brother's not doing good. He's taking it hard. But it's been amazing how many people truly cared about her and are reaching out to help us at this time. It's amazing.”

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