Samantha and Aric Hutchinson at wedding

‘Thrown over 100 yards’: South Carolina Bride Dead, Groom in Critical Condition Moments After Leaving Wedding Reception

A South Carolina bride is dead and her husband is in critical condition following a car accident that occurred moments after the couple left their wedding reception.

According to NBC 4, Samantha “Sam” Hutchinson, 34, was pronounced dead shortly after 10 p.m. Friday night. She had just left her wedding reception in Folly Beach, in a golf cart with the groom, Aric Hutchinson, when an alleged drunk driver in a car smashed into them in the 1200 block of E. Ashley Avenue.

The groom’s mother, Annette Hutchinson, said on a GoFundMe page that the bride and groom were “struck from behind by a drunk driver.”

“The golf cart was thrown over 100 yards and rolled several times.”


Aric remains hospitalized with a brain injury and numerous broken bones. His mother said he’s already gone through “one of two reconstruction surgeries.”

Other family members were also injured during the incident, Aric’s mother said on GFM.

Meanwhile, police arrested Jamie Lee Komoroski, 25, and charged her with DUI involving death and reckless homicide. Police said a blood test is pending but she was driving around 65 mph in a 25 mph area when she plowed into the golf cart.

She “only briefly hit the brakes” before hitting the golf cart, investigators said, according to the Times Union.

Jamie Lee Komoroski/Police Handout

Folly Beach Public Safety Department Director Andrew Gilreath said that the golf cart was legal to drive and had its light on when struck.

As of Monday, Komoroski remains behind bars at the Charleston County jail.

This is a developing story and will be updated as additional information becomes available. Check back for updates.

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[Feature Photo via GoFundMe]