The suspected drunk driver who crashed into a golf cart carrying a newlywed couple — killing the bride and critically injuring the groom — refused a field sobriety test and told officers she had a beer and a tequila an hour before the crash.
Affidavits from the fatal Friday night crash said that officers smelled alcohol on Jamie Komoroski, 25, who was not injured in the crash, WCBD reported.
Samantha “Sam” Hutchinson, 34, was pronounced dead on the scene in Folly Beach, South Carolina, as CrimeOnline previously reported. She and her new husband, Aric Hutchinson, had just left their wedding reception, riding the golf cart along with two family members. One of those family members was in serious condition and the other in stable condition.
The affidavits said that officers arriving on the scene saw “a large crash scene with a golf cart on its side” and victims lying in the wreckage. They describe Komoroski as unsteady on her feet and having difficulty standing. When they asked her to rate her level of impairment on a scale of one to 10, she replied with an eight, but when officers asked her to take a field sobriety test, “she strongly refused and became uncooperative.”
Komoroski was taken into custody at that point, and police obtained a warrant for a blood test. The results of that test have not been disclosed.
She has been charged with three counts of felony DUI resulting in great bodily injury and/or death and reckless homicide.
According to WCBD, Komoroski has a history of speeding related charges and was said to be driving 65 in a 25 mph zone when she rear-ended the golf car.
Chief Andrew Gilreath of the Folly Beach Department of Public Safety could not confirm reports by family members that the golf cart rolled after the impact but told ABC News it was found about 75 yards from the crash site.
Aric Hutchinson remains hospitalized with numerous broken bones and a brain injury.
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