CORBIN, Ky. – On Saturday, she was a newlywed bride, getting ready to start life with her new husband. But by Sunday night, she was a widow.
The love story of Megan, 20, and Nick Mills, 19, was familiar to those who knew them, who told us that each of them was the light of the other’s life.
“They were in love,” said Pon McHargue, a close friend of both Megan and Nick, and owner of the bridal boutique where Megan worked. “They were a true couple. They loved each other so much, they were like a love story.”
Marriage was often on Megan’s mind, working in Pon’s bridal shop. But she wasn’t the only one who wanted to settle down for life. “He always wanted to get married, and he got his day,” Megan said.
Their big day came on Saturday, March 23rd, when they said “I do,” in front of all their friends and family.
“On Saturday, they were both very happy,” Pon McHargue told us. “It was so real, and the vows they said to each other so real."
But the love story came to a tragic end on Sunday night, less 24 hours after they were married.
Nick and Megan were driving in separate cars up I-75 to Lexington, when a tractor trailer jackknifed on the snowy, slick road in Rockcastle County.
Nick’s car crashed into the semi-truck. And his new wife saw the whole thing.
“The worst part of this is that I was probably five feet behind him when it happened,” Megan Mills said. “I had to swerve because it was so bad. I tried to go out and help him and smash the window.”
Megan said she wasn’t the only one who ran to help. She told us that while she was at the wreck, a teenage girl she had never met before stopped to help.
“She said, ‘God sent me here, and I saw Nick in spirit by the ambulance, smiling at you, because he knew you were there with him, saying you loved him,’” Megan said, quoting the girl. She said that the otherworldly experience made her feel Nick’s presence beside her.
But the reality is much harder than that. “Right now, I’m in shock,” she said. “I feel like I’m just going to go home and he’s going to be there. This is the worst thing ever.”
Visitation and funeral arrangements for Nick Mills have not yet been made.