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Groom, Injured in Accident, Gets Married in Intensive Care

April 12, 1988

GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) _ With a car heading straight toward his motorcycle, Wade Cross had only a split-second to think about the best way to keep a wedding date with his fiancee.

″I knew there was no way we wouldn’t hit,″ Cross said. ″The only thing that came to mind was try to jump over the top.″

He did, and ended up in a ditch with a broken arm and wrist, a broken collarbone and shoulder, a pelvis broken in three places and a broken heel and toe.

Despite the injuries suffered in the accident Friday, and the fact that he was in intensive care at Central Kansas Medical Center with tubes going in and out of his body, Cross, 31, and Rita Webb, 35, were married Saturday.

Interviewed Monday in his hospital room, Cross said the gist of the ceremony was ″going after what you want in life and not letting things stand in your wy.″

Rita, now Mrs. Cross, joked that the only change in the ceremony was ″for worse or for better″ rather than the other way around.

Cross said he had just left the 4-H building north of Great Bend where he, his fiancee and their family and friends had spent the day putting up wedding decorations. He was heading back home on his Harley-Davidson to pick up a camera to make pictures of their work.

Cross said he was on U.S. 281 when he saw the car coming head-on and knew there was no way to avoid a collision.

Mrs. Cross said she and friends and relatives spent a long night Friday in the intensive care unit.

″It was very serious all night long,″ she said.

The next day the couple decided to go ahead with their wedding plans. The Rev. Dick Ogel obliged.

″I admit I laughed a little when he said ’kiss the groom,‴ said Mrs. Cross.

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