ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KARE) - A Minneapolis man traveling for his honeymoon remains in intensive care in a Boston hospital after a crash with a suspected drunken driver took the life of his bride.
The crash occurred in Rollinsford, New Hampshire on Saturday as the couple was getting ready to drive back to Minnesota following a 2-week honeymoon.
Brian Preiss suffered internal injuries and injuries to his head, family said.
According to New Hampshire State Police, Leah Fonda, of St. Paul, died from her injuries shortly after being taken to a local hospital.
"When you have memories of a spectacular day like that, those memories are with you forever, just like the memories of the shock and sadness you feel. They'll be with you forever," Ken Czech, Brian's Uncle, told KARE 11.
New Hampshire State Police say 43-year-old Matthew Tsopas was arrested and charged with negligent homicide, felony driving under the influence of alcohol and felony conduct after an accident (fleeing).
"This is more than just another news story that you do hear about all too often, impaired drivers taking the lives of somebody totally innocent," Czech said. "(You hear) the wrong place at the wrong time. They were in the right place and the driver made the wrong choice."
Ken's wife, Mary, has been a chemical dependency counselor for almost three decades. She has had a tough time dealing with the emotions following the weekend news. Mary and Ken hadn't even loaded their pictures from the couple's intimate wedding into their computer on Monday.
They say Brian and Leah had worked together at the Mall of America for more than a decade. It took years for Brian to ask Leah out and they were married not long after they started dating.
"You could see the exchange of glances between this new husband and wife, that this is truly a match made in heaven," Ken said, recalling the wedding day.
It has been tough for the Czechs to focus on that spectacular Friday afternoon, eight days before the crash.
"Absolutely, it should not have happened. It's a terrible choice made by an impaired driver," he concluded.
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