A University of Colorado Foundation employee is in critical condition at a New Zealand hospital after a car accident that killed her new husband on their honeymoon.

Kirsten Steinke, 28, a marketing and communications coordinator for the CU Foundation, and her husband, Kallan Stithem, 31, had been married earlier this month and were vacationing in Waitomo Caves when the crash occurred Thursday.

Jeremy Simon, a spokesman for the CU Foundation and Steinke's colleague, said she's a key contributor to the school's fundraising arm.

"Our hearts and minds are with her and her family," Simon said. "We've heard an outpouring of support for her. We're all rooting for her."

The couple's car and a cement truck collided at a New Zealand highway intersection feared by locals as a danger zone. Since February 2009, there have been five crashes -- two fatal -- in the intersection near Waitomo Caves Road and State Highway 3, according to the New Zealand Herald.

In the accident involving the Denver newlyweds, the concrete truck T-boned the driver's side of the car, and Stithem, a Colorado State University graduate, died at the scene. Steinke was airlifted to Waikato Hospital's intensive care unit.

The driver of the truck was not injured.

The parents of the victims -- Gary and Jean Stithem, and Jim and Gerri Steinke, of Denver -- traveled to New Zealand after the crash. They issued a statement thanking first responders and those at the hospital.

"We also want to express our heartfelt appreciation for the generous offers of assistance from New Zealanders who understand our sorrow and tragedy," the statement said. "The enormous generosity of so many people of this nation has touched our hearts."

The Stithems have returned home with their son's ashes, according to the hospital.

The crash was the second fatal accident at the intersection this year and has residents calling for urgent action to widen or improve it, according to the New Zealand Herald. In February, a Canadian tourist died in the same spot after a camper van her husband was driving collided with a truck, according to the newspaper.

Contact Camera Staff Writer Brittany Anas at 303-473-1132 or anasb@dailycamera.com.