Just minutes after leaving the wedding reception, a drunk driver killed the bride and seriously injured the groom: cops

Authorities said a drunk driver struck their golf cart as they were leaving their wedding reception in South Carolina, killing the bride and seriously injuring the groom.

The blushing bride, Samantha “Sam” Hutchinson, 34, was photographed grinning ear to ear as she exited the party around 10 p.m. Friday — moments before a drunk driver rear-ended the golf cart taking her and husband Aric Hutchinson from their wedding venue in Folly Beach, news station WYFF 4 reported.

“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 on a GoFundMe page, which identified the couple as victims of the collision.

“Aric has lost the love of his life,” she said.

Hutchinson’s mother said the newlyweds were being escorted in the golf cart by two relatives of the groom, Ben Garret and Brogan Garrett, who were also injured in the crash.

“The golf cart was thrown over 100 yards and rolled several times,” the page said.

The car had “struck from behind by a drunk driver traveling 65 MPH in a 25 MPH zone,” according to the GoFundMe.

Aric suffered a brain injury and broke numerous bones, his mother said. The majority of his face is bruised and he remains in serious condition at the hospital, where he has undergone two reconstructive surgeries.

Sam and Aric
Aric and Sam smiling as they left their wedding celebration Friday night in South Carolina, just before a drunk driver struck the golf cart they were in.

Ben, one of the passengers, is also in serious condition, according to the page.

The driver of the car, Jamie Lee Komoroski, 25, was arrested and charged with DUI involving death and reckless homicide.

Komoroski’s blood results are pending, but an investigation into the crash determined she was driving 65 mph when she struck the golf cart, police said.

Three people, including the groom (above), were seriously injured in the collision.
injured groom and relative
The groom and two of his relatives were injured and remain hospitalized.

The GoFundMe fundraiser, which was launched by Hutchinson’s mother, will help pay for the bride’s burial and medical costs for the groom and his family.

The couple made their home both in the groom’s home state of Utah as well as South Carolina, according to the GoFundMe. The bride originally hailed from North Carolina.

Samantha’s employer, XenTegra, an international IT provider based out of Huntersville, North Carolina, shared news of her death on LinkedIn, noting she was an “integral member” of its team.

Jamie Lee Komoroski
Jamie Lee Komoroski was arrested and charged with DUI and reckless homicide.
Folly Beach Police

“She carried a light about her, one that shined so brightly upon everyone with whom she interacted. Simply put, Samantha brought an abundance of joy and laughter to the workplace,” the company wrote, noting she was a dedicated and detail-oriented worker who went above and beyond.

“But beyond her professional accomplishments, Samantha was a wonderful person. In the last several months, our team was able to join in her excitement as she shared photos and intricate details about her upcoming wedding,” the company wrote. “We will forever remember Samantha’s smile, her laughter, and her dedication to her work, friends, and family.”

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