Samantha Miller, 34, and Aric Hutchinson, 36, celebrated their nuptials moments before Jamie Komoroski, 25, allegedly rear-ended them in Folly Beach, South Carolina, on Friday. A newlywed bride has died and the groom is in critical condition after a speeding drunk driver struck them as they were leaving their wedding reception in a golf cart.
Heartbreaking footage showed the happy couple moments before the tragedy struck, beaming as their guests sent them off with sparklers. The ‘sweet’ newlyweds and two other occupants of the buggy were inside the vehicle when it rolled multiple times over 100 yards, killing the bride instantly.
Komoroski was allegedly traveling 65 mph in the 25 mph zone and drunk behind the wheel of a rented Toyota Camry, according to Folly Beach police. Aric was left in critical condition, according to a GoFundMe page set up by his mother, Annette Hutchinson.
Samantha Miller and Aric Hutchinson were Killed on a wedding day golf cart crash
It is not clear if the boyfriend knows that his wife has died, as he has been in critical condition since the incident. He has had one reconstruction surgery and is ready for another, as well as suffering numerous broken bones and a brain injury.
Sam and Aric were being escorted by their brother-in-law Ben Garrett and his nephew Brogan when they were allegedly beaten by Komoroski. Ben was also seriously injured. A family member confirmed that Brogan was released from the hospital on Sunday and is recovering despite being “beaten and sore“.
GoFundMe has raised more than $150,000, with Anette writing: ‘Aric’s wedding ring was delivered to me in a plastic bag at the hospital, five hours after Sam put it on his finger and his vows were read. Aric has lost the love of his life.
The couple made their home in both the groom’s home state of Utah and the state of South Carolina. The bride is from North Carolina. “The boyfriend graduated from Bonneville High School in South Ogden, Utah, and played college football for Snow College and Utah Tech.”
The Charleston County Coroner’s Office confirmed that Sam died at the scene due to blunt force injuries sustained in the crash. Her friends paid tribute to the bride, calling her ‘one of the kindest people’ and saying of the couple: ‘No one deserves this, but especially Aric and Sam, a dream couple who brought so much life, laughter and spice to life. ‘.
Another added: ‘I’ll never forget when she interviewed for her job in her office, we asked her where she sees herself in 10 years. ‘Her response of her, without missing a beat, was married to the love of her life and a mom. “All of that was tragically taken over by a careless individual the night her dream was just beginning.”
Andrew Gilreath, director of the Folly Beach Department of Public Safety, said the golf cart, a low-speed six-person model with a top speed of 25 mph, was legal to drive at night. The Folly Beach Police Department confirmed the incident occurred around 10 p.m. m., in the 1200 block of East Ashley Avenue.
Komoroski was the sole occupant of the vehicle when she rear-ended the cart and has been charged with three counts of felony DUI resulting in grievous bodily injury or death and one count of reckless homicide.
The Logistics Account Executive remains in custody at the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center and is scheduled to appear in court in connection with the incident in June.
He could face up to 25 years in prison for the death of her girlfriend, plus a fine of up to $25,100, and an additional 15 years and $10,100 for the serious injuries he caused to the men in the buggy. For the reckless homicide, she could receive a 10-year prison sentence and a fine of up to $5,000, plus have her license revoked for five years after her release.
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