As southern Illinois newlyweds made their way to the reception right after the ceremony this past Saturday night, the unthinkable happened.


A 40-year-old southern Illinois newlywed is dead after the motorcycle her new husband was operating crashed on the way to the couple's reception. The unthinkable on such a special day.

The Carbondale Southern Illinoisan reports that "Jana Miles-Burnett of Whittington died Saturday night following a wedding ceremony in a Buckner city park. She and husband William Burnett were headed to a reception at a bar in Christopher, a three-mile trip".

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Apparently, Burnett struck a deer that had darted onto the rural highway. Miles-Burnett, was thrown off the motorcycle after the collision in her wedding dress. Her husband was not seriously injured.

Miles-Burnett was seriously injured but still alive when emergency crews arrived. But she couldn’t overcome the trauma. She was pronounced dead at 8:04 p.m. Saturday at Franklin Hospital in Benton. The couple just exchanged vows at 7:00 p.m. this past Saturday night.

According to family member the day was filled with joy and the most laughter the families have enjoyed in months.  The couple dated for only a few months before marrying.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family with funeral costs, which can be found by searching for the Jana Weaver Miles-Burnett Memorial.