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Bride killed, groom injured when alleged drunk driver slams into golf cart: "Aric has lost the love of his life"

Bride killed by driver shortly after wedding
Bride killed by suspected drunk driver shortly after wedding 02:09

A bride leaving her wedding reception was killed when a woman driving under the influence and well over twice the speed limit slammed into the back of a golf cart on a South Carolina beach road, authorities said.

Data retrieved from Jamie Lee Komoroski's rental car indicated she was driving 65 mph and only briefly hit the brakes before she hit the golf cart around 10 p.m. Friday on Folly Beach, investigators said. The speed limit on the island near Charleston is 25 mph.

Samantha Miller, 34, of Charlotte, North Carolina, died in the wreck, according to the Charleston County Coroner's Office.

Miller had just got married hours earlier, Folly Beach Public Safety Department Director Andrew Gilreath said.

The groom's mother created a GoFundMe Page to pay for her daughter-in-law's funeral and her son's medical bills. GoFundMe

Three others in the golf cart including the groom were injured. Gilreath said the golf cart had lights and was legal to drive at night.

The groom's mother created a GoFundMe Page to pay for her daughter-in-law's funeral and her son's medical bills. It included a photo of the newlyweds running under sparklers just before the crash.

It also had a photo of groom Aric Hutchinson in the hospital, where he was recovering from a brain injury and numerous broken bones after the golf cart rolled over several times and was thrown 100 yards. The GoFundMe page says he has many broken bones, a brain injury and faces a long recovery.

"I was handed Aric's wedding ring in a plastic bag at the hospital, five hours after Sam placed it on his finger and they read each other their vows," the groom's mother wrote. "Aric has lost the love of his life."

The GoFundMe page had raised over $425,000 by Tuesday morning.

Komoroski, 25, is charged with reckless vehicular homicide and three counts of driving under the influence causing death. She faces one to 25 years in prison on each DUI count.

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This photo provided by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, in South Carolina, shows Jamie Lee Komoroski, on April 29, 2023.  / AP

According to a police affidavit obtained by CBS News, Komoroski told an officer on the scene that she had consumed one beer and a drink containing tequila about one hour before the crash. When asked how impaired she was on a scale of 1-10,  Komoroski "stated she was at a 8," the affidavit says. She then allegedly refused to take a field sobriety test and "became uncooperative on scene."

After Komoroski was transported to police headquarters, a judge signed a warrant for a blood sample and two viles of blood were taken and sent to  the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division in Columbia for analysis, the affidavit says.

Komoroski remained in the Charleston County jail Monday afternoon and records did not indicate if she had a lawyer.

Miller was from North Carolina and Hutchinson grew up in Utah where he played college football, the groom's mother said.

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