A South Carolina deputy was the first responder at a car collision early on Dec. 9, only to discover that one of the victims was his own wife.
Teresa Browder, 45, was driving an SUV involved in the Sumter County crash, WIS TV notes. Teresa was reportedly driving to see her husband, Wayne "Bubba" Browder, a Sumter county deputy, when her car was struck by another SUV.
Lance Cpl. David Jones with the South Carolina Highway Patrol told reporters that the other SUV was driven by a 26-year-old man who was driving in the opposite direction of Teresa, then crossed the center road line and struck Teresa's vehicle, according to the Daily Mail.
Teresa was pronounced dead at the scene. Sumter County Deputy Coroner Rob Lybrand said that she was killed by blunt force trauma, even though she was wearing a seatbelt.
Wayne, who has three children with Teresa, reportedly had no idea she was one of the victims involved in the crash when he responded to the accident.
“Today was a tragic day for one of our officers, as well as our entire agency, as one of our family members deals with the loss of a loved one," sheriff's office spokesman Braden Bunch said.
"We ask you keep the Browder family in your thoughts and prayers as they cope with this horrible tragedy," he added.
Teresa worked as a nurse for 25 years, and she had most recently worked at the Clarendon Memorial Hospital in Manning, South Carolina, the Daily Mail reports.
"We are better people and a better organization for having had the privilege of knowing and working with Teresa," a hospital spokeswoman said in a statement. "She was one of the most kind, giving and Christian people I have ever known. Heaven is celebrating their new angel, and we will miss her dearly."
Hospital CEO Richard Stokes echoed the sentiment, saying Teresa was "one of the most caring, compassionate nurses that I have had the fortune of working with."
A funeral for Teresa has been set for Dec. 14.
Two others who were involved in the crash have been hospitalized, although their current conditions are unknown, WIS reports.