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Couple, married one day, both dead after weekend crash

Parents recall favorite memories of newlyweds who died in weekend car crash

A day after losing their daughter Rebekah due to injuries suffered in a weekend car crash, John and Rachel Bouma talk about the pain of losing Rebekah and her husband, Austin Wesson. The young couple had just gotten married and were planning a Sep
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A day after losing their daughter Rebekah due to injuries suffered in a weekend car crash, John and Rachel Bouma talk about the pain of losing Rebekah and her husband, Austin Wesson. The young couple had just gotten married and were planning a Sep

The second victim in a weekend crash near Clearwater has died, according to a Via Christi Hospital St. Francis official.

Rebekah Bouma died at about 12:30 a.m. Monday, according to the hospital’s house supervisor. Bouma, 19, had been a passenger in a truck that crashed along 103rd Street, just east of Clearwater, shortly before 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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The driver of the truck, Austin Wesson, was pronounced dead at the scene. Bouma and Wesson were married just one day before the crash.

Bouma attended Trinity Academy in Wichita for her sophomore and junior year of high school, which ended in 2015, according to the school.

Tony Ryff, a dean at the nondenominational Christian school, on Monday described Bouma as a people person who had a strong faith in God.

“She was a delightful young lady,” Ryff said. “She was a great student, had great character, and she loved people. She was the kind of person who looked for ways to encourage friendships among other young ladies.”

In a Facebook post early Monday, Rachel Byker Bouma, Rebekah’s mother, asked for prayers.

In a news release sent Monday, Sedgwick County sheriff’s Office Lt. Lin Dehning said the crash remains under investigation.

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