On a South Carolina beach road, a lady driving under the influence and well over the posted speed limit plowed into the rear of a golf cart, killing a bride who was leaving her wedding reception, according to investigators.
When she hit the golf cart at around 10 p.m., Jamie Lee Komoroski was traveling at 65 mph, according to data from her rental car. Investigators claimed it happened on Friday at Folly Beach. The island close to Charleston has a 25 mph speed limit.
The Charleston County Coroner’s Office reports that Charlotte, North Carolina, resident Samantha Miller, 34, perished in the collision.
According to Andrew Gilreath, director of the Folly Beach Public Safety Department, Miller had only recently been married. The bride and the other three passengers on the golf cart also sustained injuries. Gilreath said the golf cart had lights and could legally drive at night.
The groom’s mother set up a GoFundMe page to cover her son’s medical expenses and the funeral costs for her daughter-in-law. It featured a picture of the recently weds sprinting underneath sparklers shortly before the crash.
It also featured a picture of the groom, Aric Hutchinson, recovering from many broken bones and a brain injury after the golf cart flipped over multiple times and was launched 100 yards. According to his GoFundMe page, the man has numerous fractured bones, a brain injury, and a protracted recovery.
Five hours after Sam put the ring on Aric’s finger and they exchanged vows, the bridegroom’s mother reported, “I was handed Aric’s wedding ring in a plastic bag at the hospital.” The love of Aric’s life has been lost.
By Tuesday morning, more than $425,000 had been donated to the GoFundMe campaign.
The 25-year-old Komoroski is accused of three charges of causing a death while driving under the influence of alcohol and reckless vehicular homicide. She could spend one to 25 years in prison for each DUI charge. One beer and a cocktail containing tequila were among the beverages Komoroski admitted to having approximately an hour before the collision, according to a police affidavit obtained by CBS News. In response to a question about her level of impairment on a scale of 1 to 10, Komoroski “stated she was at an 8,” according to the affidavit. After that, she allegedly turned down a field sobriety test and “became uncooperative on scene.”
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Two vials of blood were obtained and submitted to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division in Columbia for analysis after Komoroski was taken to police headquarters, according to the affidavit. A judge had already authorized a warrant for a blood sample.
According to the documents, Komoroski did not have counsel and was still held in the Charleston County jail as of Monday afternoon.
According to the bride-to-be’s mother, Hutchinson was raised in Utah, while Miller was from North Carolina and played collegiate football there.