Appling wreck kills new groom, injures bride

Sunday, June 2, 2013 7:03 PM
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An Augusta man who had been married just hours earlier died Saturday night in a wreck in Appling, Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins said.

Brian Allen Orzechowski, 36, was pronounced dead at 10:15 p.m. after suffering blunt force trauma, Collins said. His bride, Crystal Lynn Krentler, 35, was airlifted to Georgia Regents Medical Center, where officials said they could not comment on her condition.

Orzechowski and Krentler were traveling westbound on Washington Road when their 1995 Saturn SL1 crossed the center line and hit an eastbound 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander nearly head-on, said Capt. Steve Morris, of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. The accident happened shortly after 9 p.m.

Rescue workers toiled for more than an hour to remove Orzechowski from the wreckage, Collins said.

Orzechowski and Krentler were believed to be on their way to Pointes West Army Resort at Lake Thurmond, Collins said.

The driver of the Mitsubishi, Torvoy Curry, 35, was taken by ambulance to Doctors Hospital for treatment of injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening, Collins said.

Curry was driving on a suspended license and had an open container in the car, Morris said.

Collins said Orzechowski’s blood will undergo toxicology testing Monday, but it could take as long as six weeks to get the results.

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Dixieman
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Dixieman 06/03/13 - 06:07 am
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Horribly sad

Sad story, but what is the relevance of the driver of the other car's suspended license and open container when clearly he was not at fault here? Why publish this?

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 06/03/13 - 06:24 am
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what is the relevance

The suspended license could be due to a previous DUI. The suspension itself says that he should not have been there at all. The open container is an indication that he may have been under the influence. Until the investigation is complete, everything is relevant. Just because the impact occurred in one lane, you cannot automatically assume that the driver in the wrong lane was the one at fault.

jrbfromga
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jrbfromga 06/03/13 - 06:48 am
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HuH?
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Driver in wrong lane not the one at fault? How not?

my.voice
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my.voice 06/03/13 - 08:04 am
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So a driver who isnt even

So a driver who isnt even supposed to be on the road is and is found to be under the influence? How is it the drunk always survive these things?

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rmwhitley 06/03/13 - 08:35 am
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Mookie Blaylock,
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Torvoy Curry and how many unlicensed drivers out there? It seems as though every time you turn around a college or professional "athlete" is caught driving on a suspended license and only gets a slap on the pinkie. Having a driver's license is a very serious matter. Just ask the illegal aliens here in America?

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 06/03/13 - 08:37 am
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God bless
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Mr. Orzechowski's soul.

MarinerMan
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MarinerMan 06/03/13 - 08:48 am
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If After the Dust Settles
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If after the dust settles, and Curry is found innocent in this crash, he'd best call this his wake up call, and keep his butt, out of the car, and quit drinking. Otherwise, if it turns out that he is at fault, let him spend his last days on a chain gang, doing hard labor...

proud2bamerican
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proud2bamerican 06/03/13 - 08:49 am
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Dixieman

The job of the reporter is to report the facts; not to decide what is relevant or irrelevant in their 'opinion'.

Bear - Lillian Smith
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Bear - Lillian Smith 06/03/13 - 09:33 am
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The most glaring question?

If the driver of the car that was reported to have crossed the center line died on impact, and his wife was air-lifted to MCG in critical condition, how did they determine the deceased driver crossed the center line?

I considered there may have been other witnesses/evidence to support the claim, but it still begs the question.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 06/03/13 - 10:32 am
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Responses to comments above

1. Would it be relevant that he was a Democrat or 38 years old or from California?

2. There are some legal considerations here too. If you rear-end someone, you are at fault -- no matter how suddenly he stopped, weather conditions, visibility on road, his driving record, etc. Likewise if you head-on someone in their lane (wrong side of the road for you), it's your fault.

3. And accident reconstruction is a pretty precise science. Experts can look at tire marks on the road, points of damage on each vehicle, etc. and determine the cause and location of a collision without eyewitness testimony.

4. Finally, how do my comments "beg the question"? Begging the question is a logical fallacy in which the premises include the claim that the conclusion is true or (directly or indirectly) assume that the conclusion is true. This sort of "reasoning" typically has the following form. Pemises in which the truth of the conclusion is claimed or the truth of the conclusion is assumed (either directly or indirectly). This sort of "reasoning" is fallacious because simply assuming that the conclusion is true (directly or indirectly) in the premises does not constitute evidence for that conclusion. Obviously, simply assuming a claim is true does not serve as evidence for that claim. This is especially clear in particularly blatant cases: "X is true. The evidence for this claim is that X is true."

My main point is STILL that this is tragic.

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MrGatsby 06/03/13 - 10:52 am
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The only question I have is,

The only question I have is, how do they know it was an open container? If this accident was as bad as it says it is, couldnt the container of been opened by the crash itself?

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Austin Rhodes 06/03/13 - 11:10 am
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Dixieman...there are exceptions to most of what you posted...

"If you hit someone from behind, YOU are always at fault" -- NOT if you were pushed (by a car hitting you), and not if the car you hit was in reverse, coming AT you. (it has happened)

But to your main point...the suspended license and open container are charges that have been made against the man that MAY reasonably be connected to the accident. The media will report ALL such factors if they are present in the legal report prepared by the investigating officer. It has always been that way, and it always WILL be that way.

Does it convict him, or make HIM ( Torvoy Curry) the "at fault" driver? Of course not...BUT...it does tell us that he should not have been driving in the first place (no license)...and that if he indeed DID have an open container, he ain't real bright anyway.

Bear - Lillian Smith
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Bear - Lillian Smith 06/03/13 - 11:17 am
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My comment was not in

My comment was not in response to any post, it was simply an observation based on the article.

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Darby 06/03/13 - 11:43 am
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"Sad story, but what is the relevance of the

driver of the other car's suspended license and open container when clearly he was not at fault here?"

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Everything is relevant. If the driver with the suspended license was under the influence, then perhaps his reaction time was slowed enough to have contributed to the accident.

Alert, and fully functioning, who knows?? He may have been able to have prevented a collision altogether.

It's called "defensive driving".

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csrareader 06/03/13 - 12:02 pm
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I'll leave it up to law

I'll leave it up to law enforcement to investigate and assign blame. In the interim, I'll simply convey my condolences to the young bride, as well as to all families affected by the loss.

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ctchpln 06/03/13 - 12:13 pm
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tragic

My condolences to the bride and families of both. It was a tragic accident.

A side note: Dixieman and Austin Rhodes - I like your writing styles.

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GnipGnop 06/03/13 - 12:15 pm
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I might add...

though not in our 2 reading states. There are some states that no matter who is at fault if one of the drivers in DUI he automatically gets charged with being at fault. I know this because a family member pulled out in front of a drunk driver and though it was clearly my family members fault the other driver was charged because he was DUI.

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itsanotherday1 06/03/13 - 01:46 pm
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It is also the duty of every

It is also the duty of every driver to attempt to avoid an accident, so the condition of all drivers involved is important.

For example, if you are trying to squeeze in front of me by using a turn only lane to get ahead, and I clearly know you are easing over; I am also at fault for not braking and letting you in if we happen to collide.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 06/03/13 - 02:19 pm
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Itsanotherday, you make a

Itsanotherday, you make a valid point. California has the "last clear chance" law. The person with the last clear chance is at fault. Someone could fail to yield and if you could have avoided the collision, but didn't either by indifference, inattention or impairment, you could be at fault. Not sure about Georgia law. IMO, if your license is suspended and you are involved in an accident (fault or not) and someone is injured or dies, the penalty should be SEVERE. Not just a namby pamby suspended license charge.

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whyme 06/03/13 - 02:43 pm
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Once again...

Speculate, analyze, judge, and blame. Doesn't change anything and if you just go by what the article presents and not what you may think the facts are, the bottom line is that a terrible tragedy occurred. Nothing else necessary should be posted. Save the analysis for the next time when facts are presented.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 06/03/13 - 05:22 pm
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Hmmmm...

I went back and re-read all posts and I didn't see where anyone passed any judgments or assigned any blame..... The bulk of the discussion was about the relevance of the condition of the other driver.

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naynay 06/03/13 - 06:50 pm
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SADD

In deed this is a truly sad story. My prayers go out to the grieving family, especially the new bride. Your wedding day is suppose to be a happy memory. However, I have to partially agree with Dixieman. I have to question if the groom might have also been DUI. I see no mention of there being toxicology tests performed on him. Just wondering because most people do celebrate their wedding day. And to Austin, I am not so sure about someone hitting you in the rear and pushing you into someone else makes you not at fault. I know of a case where that happened and the person that was in the middle had to fix the person's car they were pushed into and the person in the rear had to fix the person in the middle's car.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 06/03/13 - 08:03 pm
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I sympathize with Jennifer, I

I sympathize with Jennifer, I truly do. However, if I were to lose a loved one as a result of a tragic accident or crime, I would NOT turn to the comments section of the Augusta Chronicle for comfort. In fact, I would stay away from it. A better place for words of comfort would be the comments section of the funeral home on line obituary. There one most likely would find words of sympathy and comments about what a great person the deceased was.

Ispeaktruth
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Ispeaktruth 06/03/13 - 08:08 pm
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This whole story is sad

This whole story is sad. I cant imagine what the family is going through. I seen earlier his mom and son posted on a fb thread. One says he was drinking one says he wasnt and on other threads of families pages which they deleted because they dont want his name drug through the mud say he only had a few beers. Tbh it really doesnt matter how much beer he had. His life is gone. This aint the courthouse. We get it, he was drinking and thats fact from brians family but no one should ever deserve to lose thier life. Being Brians wedding day just got everyones attention and it can bring out some of the crazies on the internet. And to whomever posted on other threads but deleted thier comment about brian being married like 5 times three of which have been 2008, 2010 and 2013. Who cares! So he married a lot. He still was taken from this world too early and why is it anyones bussiness how many times he married. Its got nothing to do with anything. Condolences to the groomes to the groomes family & the brides. Also some people should read what they post on here cause it doesnt make any sense. The other driver might have had an open container but the police didnt say it was old or fresh. Sure his license was suspended but that didnt cause the wreck. Brians car veered into the other lane. Not saying brian was drunk but according to some of his family he had been drinking. With that being said both drivers should not have been on the road. Period! Toxicology is being done on both drivers and truth I am sure will be reported on this. Either way pointing fingers is just drama drama drama. Some dont know when to quit. I did know him personally and his family. I just dont think names need to be drug through the mud. Lives have been lost and forever changed

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