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BUCKNER, Ill.  — A 40-year-old bride has died in a motorcycle accident as her new husband drove her to their wedding reception in southern Illinois.

The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports that Jana Miles-Burnett, of Whittington, died Saturday night following her marriage ceremony in a Buckner city park.

Illinois State Police report that husband William Burnett was driving the couple the three miles to their reception at a bar in Christopher when he struck a deer that darted in front of them on a rural highway. Miles-Burnett was thrown from the motorcycle. Her husband was not seriously injured.

The couple had dated for a few months before marrying.

Miles-Burnett’s identity was confirmed to the newspaper by family members and a funeral home.

She worked as a Franklin County emergency dispatcher.

A GoFundMe page has been started by Miles-Burnett’s daughter-in-law to pay for funeral costs.