Suspect denied bond in DUI crash that killed bride on wedding night

Victim's Mom: 'She didn't just kill my daughter, she killed all of us'

Posted at 12:16 PM, August 1, 2023


Charleston, S.C. (Court TV) — A South Carolina judge on Tuesday denied bond for a woman accused of drunkenly crashing into a golf cart and killing a bride just hours after her Folly Beach wedding.

Circuit Judge Michael Nettles deemed Jamie Lee Komoroski a flight risk, according to ABC4 in Charleston. The subject of bond could be revisited, however, if Komoroski’s March 2024 trial is delayed.

Jamie Lee Komoroski mugshot

This photo provided by the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, in South Carolina, shows Jamie Lee Komoroski, on April 29, 2023. Komoroski, 25, is charged with reckless vehicular homicide and three counts of driving under the influence causing death. (Charleston County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Nettles, who called the April crash that killed Samantha Miller a “very tragic situation for all concerned,” urged the prosecution and defense to expedite the trial as much as possible. The Associated Press reported that a delay could result in Komoroski being released on a $150,000 surety bond.

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If released, she would be subject to electronic monitoring and house arrest, according to the AP.

Komoroski, 25, appeared shaken during the hearing, which she attended via video from the Charleston County Jail, the AP reported. She is charged with three counts of felony DUI resulting in great bodily injury or death and one count of reckless vehicular homicide.

Samantha Miller, 34, was still wearing her wedding dress the night of April 28 when Komoroski slammed her Toyota Camry into the cart carrying Miller, her new husband, Aric Hutchinson, and two members of their wedding party. Miller died at the scene.

“She didn’t just kill my child,” her mother, Lisa Miller, said in court Tuesday. “She killed all of us.”

Hutchinson was seriously injured and is still recovering.

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Investigators say Komoroski, who allegedly had a blood alcohol content more than three times the legal limit, was driving 65 mph in a 25 mph zone at the time of the collision, the AP reported.

Her attorneys, who filed a bond motion on her behalf in May, were seeking her release on $100,000. The AP reported that they argued their client was not a danger to the community and suggested she be released and allowed to participate in a rehab program and live under her mother’s supervision.

Komoroski has no prior criminal history and strong family support, her defense argued.

Hutchinson has filed a wrongful death lawsuit stemming from his wife’s death.