DUI suspect charged in newlywed bride’s death seeks bond

Posted at 6:48 AM, May 24, 2023 and last updated 6:48 AM, May 24, 2023


The woman who allegedly crashed into a golf cart while drunk, striking newlyweds and killing the bride on her wedding night, is seeking to be released from jail in South Carolina.

right: Aric Hutchinson and Samantha Miller wedding photo, left: jamie lee komorski mug shot

A lawsuit targets Jamie Lee Komoroski as well as the establishments that served her alcohol. (Lawsuit/Charleston County Sheriff’s Office)

Defense attorneys for Jamie Lee Komoroski filed a motion on Friday, May 19, requesting that their client be let out of jail ahead of trial, reported the Associated Press.

Authorities say Komoroski, 25, had a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit when she struck a golf cart carrying Samantha Miller and Aric Hutchinson just moments after they had departed their Folly Beach wedding reception on April 28.

Komoroski was reportedly driving 65 mph in a 25 mph zone. Miller, 34, who was still wearing her wedding dress, died at the scene. Hutchinson, 36, was badly wounded and is still recovering.

Charges against Komoroski include three counts of felony DUI resulting in great bodily injury or death and one count of reckless homicide. The defendant has been held without bond at the Charleston County Jail since her arrest.

According to the bond motion, Komoroski’s lawyers request bail of $100,000, inpatient rehabilitation, and permission to reside at her mother’s New Jersey home after rehab and prior to trial. The motion also states that if placed in the care of her mother, the defendant would not be given access to a car or alcohol.

Komoroski’s lawyers went on to state that their client has never been in trouble with the law and does not pose a flight risk.

Hutchinson recently filed lawsuits against both Komoroski and several bars that the defendant allegedly consumed alcohol in the night of the crash. Hutchinson’s wrongful death suit also stated that his brother-in-law, Benjamin Garrett, and Garrett’s 17-year-old son, were also injured. Garrett was driving the golf cart and his son was in the passenger seat.