Bakersfield couple dies in crash just weeks before they were set to get married

Posted at 10:17 AM, Jul 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-10 22:19:02-04

A Bakersfield couple just weeks away from their wedding was killed in a car crash near Kramer Junction Friday afternoon. 

The San Bernardino County Coroner's Office identified the two as Mathew Thomas Woodall, 33, and Nicolett Elaine Conley, 31. 

The two first met on Instagram and finally met in person in Las Vegas on July 27, 2015.

The two dated long distance for about a year and celebrated one year since they met by taking a cruise. On that cruise, on July 27, 2016, exactly one year after they met Woodall proposed to Conley. 

It was no surprise that they decided to get married on July 27th, 2017, exactly two years after the first time they met in person. 

The two were headed to Las Vegas with some friends for a bachelor and bachelorette party. 

According to the press release, around 2:15p.m. on July 7, 2017 two vehicles, a 2010 silver Toyota Camry and a white Tacoma pick-up truck, traveling eastbound along State Route 58.

Approximately two miles west of Kramer Junction, a tractor-trailer rig failed to stop for slow traffic and collided with both vehicles from behind.

Woodall and Conley were riding in the back seat of the Camry and were pronounced dead at the scene from their injuries.

Woodall leaves behind a 5-year-old daughter, Kamryn.

Both of their families were supposed to go on a cruise together next weekend and the couple was supposed to get married in Key West at the end of the cruise. 

The family plans on still holding the ceremony and doing something special with the vows they both wrote for each other. 

They said they take comfort in knowing the two of them will be together forever. 

The collision is under investigation by California Highway Patrol, Barstow.