...By Gift BADEWO for TDPel Media.
Tragic Accident on Folly Beach
Aric Hutchinson, the husband of Samantha Hutchinson, a newlywed bride tragically killed by a drunk driver, made his first public appearance since the crash at a memorial held near the beach where the incident occurred.
The couple had just celebrated their wedding when their golf buggy was rear-ended on April 28th in Folly Beach, South Carolina.
The collision, allegedly caused by Jamie Lee Komoroski, resulted in Samantha’s death and severe injuries to Aric.
Aric Pays Tribute to His Wife
During a gathering to honor Samantha’s life, Aric spoke for the first time about the incident.
He expressed how much Samantha would have loved the memorial, as she was a true beach enthusiast.
Aric described their routine of walking along the beach every morning and explained that the event served as a beautiful send-off for her.
Despite the pain and overwhelm, Aric mentioned that he was gradually recovering physically and appreciated the sincere support he received from compassionate individuals who had been touched by Samantha’s life.
Heartbreaking Moments Captured
Heartbreaking images captured the couple in moments of joy just before the tragedy unfolded.
Smiling and surrounded by sparklers held by their guests, they radiated happiness.
However, their lives would soon be shattered by the fateful crash.
Reckless Driving and Alcohol Consumption
The accident occurred when Komoroski, driving a rented Toyota Camry, was speeding at 65mph in a 25mph zone on a poorly-lit residential street.
The collision caused the buggy to be thrown a significant distance and flip multiple times.
Komoroski’s blood alcohol content was measured at 0.261 during the incident.
She claimed to have done nothing wrong when questioned by responding officers.
Aric’s Injuries and Recovery
Aric suffered severe injuries in the crash, including two broken legs.
After receiving treatment in the hospital, he was discharged and is now recuperating at home.
Despite the physical pain, Aric’s strength shines through as he navigates the challenging healing process.
Mother’s Anguish and Legal Consequences
Samantha’s mother expressed her anguish and frustration, emphasizing that the crash was not an accident but a conscious choice made by Komoroski to drink and drive.
Komoroski, upon being questioned by the police, reportedly stated she was at an eight on a scale of drunkenness before requesting a lawyer.
She refused to cooperate with sobriety tests and attempted to hide her eyes from the officers.
Komoroski faces multiple charges, including three counts of felony DUI resulting in great bodily harm or death and one count of reckless homicide.
Legal Consequences and Potential Sentence
Komoroski, currently held at the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center, is set to appear in court in June.
If convicted, she could face up to 25 years in prison for Samantha’s death and a fine of up to $25,100.
Additionally, the serious injury caused to Aric and the other passenger in the buggy may result in an additional 15 years in prison and a $10,100 fine.
The charge of reckless homicide carries a potential sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
Komoroski’s driver’s license could be revoked for five years following her release.
Community Support through GoFundMe
A GoFundMe campaign was created to assist with burial and medical expenses.
The generosity of donors has resulted in the fund exceeding $720,000, providing some financial relief to the affected family.