Wedding Day Ends in Tragedy as Bride Killed, Groom Hospitalized After Being Hit by Alleged Drunk Driver
Samantha Miller and Aric Hutchinson were in a golf cart leaving their wedding when Jamie Komoroski, 25, allegedly crashed into them going 40 miles per hour over the speed limit.
Hours after exchanging vows, a husband was left hospitalized and mourning the death of his life partner after his wife was killed by an alleged drunk driver in South Carolina.
Newlyweds Samantha Miller and Aric Hutchinson were in a golf cart leaving their wedding reception with two others when Jamie Komoroski, 25, allegedly crashed her vehicle into the golf cart while driving 65 miles per hour, Count on 2 reported. The speed limit in the area was 25 mph, according to the outlet.
“To see something so senseless happen, especially on what’s supposed to be someone’s, you know, happiest moment. I can’t even imagine what the families are going through,” Folly Beach Department of Public Safety Chief Andrew Gilreath tells Inside Edition.
According to an affidavit obtained by Count on 2, officers arrived on the scene to find “a large crash scene with a golf cart on its side” and quickly began treating the bride. But she could not be saved and died on the scene.
Police say Komoroski was unsteady on her feet and almost fell down. Komoroski allegedly told police she had been drinking beer and tequila.
The golf cart was thrown 100 yards and rolled, Hutchinson’s mother, Annette, wrote in a GoFundMe post. Hutchinson remains in critical condition from the injuries he sustained in the crash. He has already had one surgery and is expected to have more, Annette said.
Miller and Hutchinson were both in their wedding attire during the incident, the maid of honor at the wedding, Ashley Favre, tells Inside Edition. The couple never made it back to their beach house, which was supposed to be their honeymoon, Favre says.
The two others in the golf cart were Annette’s son-in-law, Benjamin Garrett, and her grandson Brogan Garret. Both were also injured in the crash, Annette said.
Hutchinson found out about the death of his wife when he woke up, according to Favre.
Favre says the last thing Miller told Hutchinson before she got on the golf cart was she wished that day could last forever.
“That was the last thing she said,” Favre says. “And I hold onto the fact that that was the happiest day of her life.”
Komoroski was arrested and charged with three counts of felony DUI with result of great bodily injury or death and one count of reckless homicide death, according to jail records. She currently is being held with no bond in the Charleston County Detention Center.
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