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Condition Worsens For Bride Injured On Wedding Day

April 17, 1987

EAST MEADOW, N.Y. (AP) _ A bride who survived a wedding-day accident that killed her husband was on a respirator Friday, a day after her condition worsened, hospital officials said.

Carol Zagorski Phillips of North Massapequa has been in the intensive care unit at Nassau County Medical Center since the April 3 accident.

Hospital spokeswoman Janet Sarsfield said she has become weaker, and ″her breathing is being almost totally assisted by the respirator.″

Mrs. Phillips’ mother, Shirley Zagorski, said she felt ″where there’s life there is hope,″ but ″we have to face reality. Unless a miracle is performed, there is no hope.″

The accident occurred two hours after the wedding, as a limousine carrying the wedding party turned into the driveway of a reception hall in Lido Beach and collided with another car.

Mrs. Phillips’ right leg was amputated below the knee and she also suffered injuries to her spleen and liver.

The accident killed the groom, Peter Phillips, 27, of North Massapequa, and his brother and best man, John Phillips, 29, of Islip. Debra Zagorski, 22, the bride’s sister and maid-of-honor, suffered leg and spleen injuries and facial cuts.

The driver of the other car, a passenger and the driver of the limousine suffered lesser injuries.

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