Couple in deadly Hudson River boat crash were childhood friends

Lindsey Stewart was killed after she fell into the Hudson River when a speedboat crashed into a construction barge.

Lindsey Stewart was killed after she fell into the Hudson River when a speedboat crashed into a construction barge. (7/28/13)

PIERMONT, N.Y. - Friends say the engaged couple that was tragically torn apart by a deadly boat crash on the Hudson River on Friday had been friends for years before they fell in love.

Lindsey Stewart, 30, was killed when a speedboat hit a barge near the Tappan Zee Bridge. Her fiance, Brian Bond, suffered a head injury. Mark Lennon, who was set to be the best man in the Aug. 10 wedding, was also killed in the crash. Three others were hurt.

Friends say the young couple had been childhood friends who met growing up in Pearl River, and they had already started building a life together in Piermont. Now, flowers have been placed in Stewart's memory at the home that they shared.

Neighbor Anthony Fowler says he knew the two since they moved in a few years ago. He said they chatted often about work and their wedding plans. "It was a really happy time in their life," Folwer says. "And now, instead of weddings, there are wakes and a funeral. It's tragic."

Somber members of the congregation at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church gathered today for a service after Stewart's death. The program for the service carried an announcement about the wedding that will never take place.

The pastor of the church says he just met with the couple a few weeks ago to go over the details of their matrimonial service. Now, he expects the church will be the site of Stewart's funeral.

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