Bride killed, groom injured riding motorcycle to wedding reception

FRANKLIN COUNTY — A 40-year-old Whittington woman is dead after a motorcycle accident Saturday night on Route 14 in Franklin County.

According to Illinois State Police, 31-year-old William Burnett, of Buckner, was driving his motorcycle with Jana Weaver Miles-Burnett as a passenger, on Rt. 14 when a deer reportedly ran onto the road.

Burnett was apparently unable to avoid the deer, and when he struck the animal his passenger was thrown from the motorcycle.

The passenger was taken to the Franklin County Hospital where she later died from her injuries.

Reports indicate the pair had just left their wedding and were traveling to their wedding reception when the accident occurred. She worked as a dispatcher for the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department.