A South Carolina bride was tragically killed on her wedding night after an allegedly drunk driver smashed into her wedding celebration, the Post and Courier reports after gaining access to phone calls made from a Charleston County jail by the woman accused of the crime.
Jamie Lee Komoroski, 25, was three–times over the legal driving limit when, on April 28, she drove 65mph in a 25mph zone and crashed her Toyota Camry into newlyweds Samantha Miller, 34, and Aric Hutchinson, 36, killing Miller instantly while tragically leaving Hutchinson in a wheelchair after suffering two broken legs, multiple facial fractures, and a concussion.
Now recordings of phone calls made from jail by Komoroski have emerged, revealing a remorseful woman crying to family and friends, telling her father that her ‘whole life was over.’
According to the recordings, Komoroski expressed her shock that the media had gotten wind of her case. During a conversation with her father, she asked why the media was so interested, to which her father replied, “Because it sells newspapers. That’s why, baby.”
During a video conference, Komoroski was seen sitting in a striped jumpsuit, teary–eyed and swollen–eyed. She added that she wanted to be perceived well, and optimistically predicted that she would be out on bail in two months, saying she would use the interim time to read books and listen to history and science podcasts.
Komoroski‘s attorneys have filed a motion asking for bond set at $100,000, suggesting she attend and complete an inpatient rehab program before going to stay at her mother‘s home in New Jersey, where there would be no access to alcohol or a vehicle.
Komoroski faces three counts of felony driving under the influence and one count of reckless vehicular homicide. The felony DUI charge carries a maximum 15–year penalty and she faces up to 10 years on the vehicular homicide charge.
Miller‘s family and friends have mourned her loss and avidly advocated for justice for her death, taking to social media to decry what they‘ve labeled as a ‘preventable tragedy.’
Speaking to Fox News, Miller‘s sister, Cindy, said, “It‘s unbelievable to me that one human being can alter the course of so many lives in a split second. Nothing will ever bring my sister back, but I will do all that I can do to make sure that justice is served.”
Police are still investigating the accident, and it remains to be seen what the outcome will be. What is certain is that the grief and heartache endured by Miller‘s loved ones, as well as Komoroski‘s own legal and emotional plight, will linger long after the case is closed.