Thirty-nine year old Keturah Grünblatt never imagined her honeymoon would end with such unspeakable tragedy. The newlywed Brooklyn bride was widowed last week, after a head-on collision claimed the life of her spouse, Jeremiah Grunblatt, age 42. The couple, who met back in 2011, had tied the knot just days before the fatal collision on Long Island’s Route 25.
Officials say the Suffolk County accident happened at around 11:50 a.m. on September 28, when Jeremiah Grunblatt was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash is still under investigation.
Brooklyn groom dies in car accident
According to Southold Town police, the Brooklyn couple had been married on Sunday and was spending their honeymoon on the North Fork. At the time of the crash, Jeremiah was behind the wheel of their crossover SUV, with his wife Keturah in the passenger seat. They were traveling west on Route 25 over Greenport’s LIRR bridge when the SUV veered into oncoming traffic, authorities say. Grünblatt’s vehicle slammed head-on into a Suffolk County Transit bus that was headed eastbound.
Police say that after the accident, Keturah Grunblatt was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment of non- life-threatening injuries. When contacted by the NY Daily News, the grief-stricken Grunblatt responded, “I’m holding up as best I can…I would really rather not talk about this now.”
The transit bus driver, Luis Garnica, suffered a “severe leg injury” in the collision, police said. In addition, one bus passenger was treated for minor injuries.
At the time of the crash, the weather was so bad that the Suffolk County police medevac couldn’t be contacted, but Greenhold and Southport first responders were on the scene.
Cause of Long Island crash under investigation
By all accounts, the couple seemed blissful on their short honeymoon, posting pictures on social media of their beach excursions on the North Fork. Engaged for just over a year before getting married, Keturah and Jeremiah had collaborated professionally at a recent opera in Houston. Keturah was an opera choreographer and director, while her spouse was a self-described artist who occasionally built stage sets.
Jeremiah was described by those who knew him as a super-friendly guy, a good man and a wonderful friend.
Police and investigators will be looking into the possible causes of this tragic accident to help determine liability issues and whether fault lies with the bus driver, the victim or no one. Distracted driving, mechanical failure and negligence are all possible factors.
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