Tragedy struck on Friday in Folly Beach, South Carolina, when Samantha Miller, aged 34, tragically passed away while still adorned in her wedding dress. Meanwhile, her groom, Aric Hutchinson, is currently recovering from a brain injury and multiple fractures, resulting from a golf cart accident that flung the vehicle approximately 100 yards (91 meters). Two other individuals in the cart also sustained injuries of varying severity.
During the wedding reception, Samantha Miller had requested a surprise announcement from the DJ, which led to a touching dance with “the most important person in the bride’s life” – her mother. They shared a dance to the tune of Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are.”
This act exemplified Samantha’s positive nature, according to her mother. Samantha, originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, possessed a caring and outgoing personality. Her mother expressed that Samantha never considered anyone a stranger and always sought to ensure the well-being of others. Lisa Miller, Samantha’s mother, stated that her daughter wouldn’t want this tragedy to ruin their lives, emphasizing their resilience and determination to move forward.
Lisa Miller, along with her daughter Mandi Jenkins, is now advocating for drivers to reconsider the potentially devastating consequences of making the split-second decision to drive while under the influence. They are sharing their personal story to raise awareness about the lasting impact such choices can have on a “real family” like theirs. Lisa Miller encourages those who have been drinking to utilize ride-sharing apps like Uber or Lyft instead.
Jamie Komoroski, 25, has been charged with reckless vehicular homicide and three counts of driving under the influence causing death or serious injury. According to an affidavit obtained by The Associated Press, Komoroski told the responding officer that she had consumed one beer and a tequila drink approximately an hour before the crash. She became uncooperative and refused to complete a sobriety test, leading the officer to assist her in standing. Eventually, a warrant was obtained for two vials of blood after Komoroski declined to provide a breath sample at the police station.
Lisa Miller expressed her hope that their story will serve as a wake-up call for those who have made poor decisions in the past or may consider doing so in the future. By sharing their firsthand experience, she aims to highlight the real and devastating impact of such choices on people’s lives