Bride leaving wedding reception in golf cart killed by alleged drunk driver
FOLLY BEACH, SC (AP) — A bride leaving her wedding reception was killed when a woman, driving under the influence and well over double the speed limit, slammed into the back of a golf cart on a South Carolina beach road, the say authorities.
Data retrieved from Jamie Lee Komoroski’s rental car showed she was driving 65 mph (105 kph) and only applied the brakes briefly before hitting the golf cart at Folly Beach around 10 p.m. Friday, investigators said .
The speed limit on the island at Charleston is 25 mph (40 km/h).
Samantha Miller, 34, of Charlotte, North Carolina, died in the wreckage, according to the Charleston County Coroner’s Office.
Miller had just married hours earlier, said Andrew Gilreath, Folly Beach’s director of public safety. 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 “Go Fund Me” page to pay for her daughter-in-law’s funeral and her son’s medical bills. It included a photo of the newlyweds walking under sparklers just before the crash.
There was also 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 flipped several times and was thrown 100 yards (91 meters).
At the hospital, Annette Hutchinson wrote that she was given a bag containing her son’s wedding ring five hours after his late wife put it on his finger.
Komoroski, 25, is charged with reckless homicide with a vehicle and three counts of driving under the influence causing death. She faces up to 25 years in prison for each DUI count.
Komoroski remained in the Charleston County Jail Monday afternoon and the records did not indicate if she had an attorney.