Authorities say a bride leaving her wedding reception was murdered when a lady driving under the influence and well over twice the speed limit plowed into the rear of a golf cart on a South Carolina coastal road.
According to data collected from Jamie Lee Komoroski’s rental car, she was traveling 65 mph (105 kph) and only briefly tapped the brakes before colliding with the golf cart at 10 p.m. Friday on Folly Beach.
The speed restriction on the island near Charleston is 25 mph (40 kph).
Samantha Miller, 34, of Charlotte, North Carolina, perished in the crash, according to the Charleston County Coroner’s Office.
Miller had recently married, according to Folly Beach Public Safety Department Director Andrew Gilreath.
Three other people on the golf cart, including the groom, were hurt. Gilreath stated that the golf cart featured lights and could be driven at night.
The groom’s mother established an online fund to cover her daughter-in-law’s burial expenses as well as her son’s medical expenditures. It featured a photo of the newlyweds sprinting through sparklers moments before the crash.
It also featured a shot of groom Aric Hutchinson in the hospital, where he was being treated for a head injury and multiple broken bones after the golf cart rolled over several times and was thrown 100 yards (91 meters).
Annette Hutchinson said that she was sent a package containing her son’s wedding band five hours after his now-dead wife placed it on his finger.
Komoroski, 25, is charged with reckless vehicular homicide and three counts of DWI causing death. On each DUI count, she faces one to 25 years in prison.
Komoroski remained in the Charleston County jail Monday afternoon, and it was unclear whether she had a lawyer.