Groom jumps out of moving limousine hours after saying “I do”
It was supposed to be the happiest day of their lives, but Lucas and Rebecca Johnson’s wedding day ended in disaster when the groom jumped out of a moving limousine, leaving the bride to attend the reception on her own.
Hours after he said, “I do”, Mr Johnson was in an induced coma and spent the next five days in Gosford Hospital.
The couple took wedding photos after the ceremony and, while driving to the reception, the groom jumped out of the car at a speed of 70 kilometres an hour.
“I’m lucky to be here still, really,” he told 7 News.
Mr Johnson said the irrational decision was spurred by a highly emotional day and a long-term struggle over his mother’s death.
“I didn’t get cold feet… it was just a bad time,” he said.
Thankfully, he didn’t lose any memories of his big day.
“I remember it all. It was the best day of my life with the one I love, Rebecca,” he said.
After Lucas was rushed to emergency, Rebecca made the decision to go to their $10,000 reception on her own.
“I went back there more to be there for everybody else. And to comfort them in their time of need as well,” she told 7 News.
“I don’t know what I feel, I just remember being in shock.”
The newlyweds said they decided to talk about the situation to hit back at critics.
“I think it’s disgusting really,” Mr Johnson said, over the criticism the pair has copped.
He said people need to be understanding about mental health issues, which can affect anyone, anytime.
The couple is hoping to have a proper celebration in the future.
“Everybody’s still feeling the hurt from it and the heartache from it, once that dies down a little bit,” Mrs Johnson said.
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health call Lifeline on 13 11 14.