South Carolina Bride Killed, Groom Seriously Injured After Drunk Driver Slams Into Their Golf Cart at 65 MPH: Cops

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Source: Follu Beach Police Department; GoFundMe

May 2 2023, Published 3:15 p.m. ET

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A bride was killed and her groom was seriously injured in South Carolina while leaving their wedding reception when a drunk driver slammed into them going 65 MPH, according to authorities.

Around 10 p.m. on April 28, Samantha “Sam” Hutchinson, 34, had a huge smile on her face as she was photographed leaving her wedding reception. Moments later, a drunk driver would rear end the golf cart taking her and her husband, Aric Hutchinson, from the wedding venue in Folly Beach, WYFF reported.

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“Aric has lost the love of his life," the groom's mother wrote on a GoFundMe page following the tragedy.

The newlyweds were being escorted in the golf cart by two relatives of the groom, Ben Garrett and Brogan Garrett, who were also injured in the crash, according to GoFundMe.

According to the fundraising site, the newlywed couple's “golf cart was thrown over 100 yards and rolled several times.”

The GoFundMe page stated the cart was “struck from behind by a drunk driver traveling 65 MPH in a 25 MPH zone.”

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

Ben, one of the drivers of the golf cart, is also in serious condition, according to the site.

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Jamie Lee Komoroski, 25, was determined to be the driver of the car, officials said. She was arrested and charged with three counts of DUI involving great bodily injury or death and reckless homicide. She is being held without bond.

Her blood results are pending, but investigators confirmed she was driving 65 MPH when she slammed into the golf cart, according to officials.


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