It was supposed to be Samantha Miller’s happiest day as a newlywed. However, five hours after saying “I do,” the 34-year-old bride passed away after being struck by a suspected drunk driver in Folly Beach, South Carolina, on Friday night as she was leaving the wedding reception.
According to a GoFundMe post made by Hutchinson’s mother, Miller was riding in a golf cart-style vehicle with her husband Aric Hutchinson, and two other passengers when the driver struck them, forcing the cart to roll numerous times.
According to Chief Andrew Gilreath, the public safety director for Folly Beach, a seaside town close to Charleston, three additional people were hurt, two of them critically, including Miller’s spouse.
The golf cart-like vehicle, which was decorated with cans and a “just married” sign, “was quite mangled, and it was on its side,” Gilreath added. He claimed that despite first responders’ best efforts, Miller passed away at the scene.
The cart was thrown more than 100 yards by the collision, according to Annette Hutchison’s GoFundMe account. She said that her son underwent at least one reconstructive surgery as a result of multiple fractured bones, a brain injury, and other injuries.
The tweet below confirms the news:
“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,” his mother wrote. “Aric has lost the love of his life.”
Over $183,000 has been donated as of Monday to the campaign started on Sunday to cover funeral and medical expenses.
The Charleston County Coroner’s Office reports that North Carolina native Miller died from blunt force trauma.
According to online court documents, the suspect, 25-year-old Jamie Lee Komoroski, was charged with three counts of felony DUI causing serious bodily damage and one case of reckless homicide. Gilreath said that her car was moving at 65 mph in a 25 mph zone.
According to the South Carolina Legislature, low-speed vehicles are permitted to travel on roadways when the posted speed limit is 35 mph or less. According to Gilreath, the married couple’s car was legitimately on the road that evening.
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