Christmas Proposal Overshadows Tragedy

RENO, NV - It started with an innocent Christmas day trip to the River on the Rink in downtown Reno. Christina Goldsworthy knew something was up when the loud speaker told her to head over to the giant Christmas tree. Her suspicions were confirmed when Matthew Deboer got down on one knee.

"I kind of had a feeling when they said my name that is was going to be something awesome, but I didn't think it was going to be an actual proposal," says Christina Goldsworthy.

The rink was a return to the spot where Matthew first took Christina skating last christmas. After dating for 16 months, he knew that it was the right place and time to propose.

"This has been the longest week and a half of my life, because I didn't want to spend another moment with her not being my fiance," says Matthew Deboer.

The proposal almost never happened though. Just over a week ago, while driving home in the dark on Calif. Highway 89, they got into a serious crash after a car pulled out in front of them with no lights on. No one was killed, but the couple feels lucky to have survived with non-life threatening injuries.

"I initially thought I broke my arm and he told me he couldn't breath, so I had to react very quickly to get ahold of 911 and luckily the response time was very fast," says Goldsworthy.

What happened to Matthew and Christina was tragic, but they say it was just a small bump in the road on their journey.

"That's not going to stop us from having the most wonderful life together," says Deboer.

When they're healthy next year, Matthew and Christina hope to come back to the Rink on the River to skate on Christmas.


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