Wreck Forces Wedding to Move to Hospital


Apr 2, 2001
Wreck Forces Wedding to Move to Hospital
By Associated Press
Fri Aug 11, 2:39 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. - The wedding party chuckled when the pastor said the line about "in sickness and in health."

Jared Darr and Amanda McCadden were getting hitched in a hospital, hours after a car crash shattered the groom's leg on their wedding day.

The college students said they weren't about to let the accident stall the ceremony _ especially since they hadn't kissed during their six-month engagement.

"I just want to kiss her so bad, and there's no way I'm going to put it off," Darr said, lying pale and on painkillers shortly before Wednesday's ceremony.

Darr, 21, and McCadden, 23, had just picked up an archway for their wedding reception when their car collided with a second car at an intersection in Chattaroy, north of Spokane.

Darr, in the passenger seat, had raised his foot to put on a dress sock and the air bag sent his leg through the windshield, he said.

"So many people are just like, 'This is a sign you've got to run,'" Darr said.

Instead, once Darr woke up from the anesthesia, the couple said their vows in a Deaconness Medical Center conference room, making a videotape to be shown to their 150 guests at the reception.

The pastor played guitar, the wedding party prayed and sang, and the bride wiped tears from her eyes. When the bridesmaids, groomsmen and relatives left for the reception, she stayed behind.

"Party like we're in your heart, because we are," she told them.

And as for the couple's planned honeymoon on the Oregon coast? That'll have to wait.