A bride was killed and her husband hospitalised just minutes after leaving their wedding reception.
Samantha Miller, 34, and Aric Hutchinson, 36, were celebrating what was supposed to be the happiest day of their lives.
After getting legally married, the newlyweds enjoyed the reception with family and friends.
But after leaving on a golf cart decorated with a ‘Just Married’ sign, tragedy struck.
Learn more about the tragic wedding incident below…
Miller was killed and Hutchinson was critically injured just moments after they left the ceremony.
According to reports, they were rear-ended by alleged drunk driver, 25-year-old Jamie Komoroski.
Komoroski, driving a rented Toyota Camry, was allegedly driving at 65mph in a 25mph zone and was reportedly under the influence of alcohol.
The crash occurred at Folly Beach, South Carolina, USA.
The couple was thrown over 100 yards and rolled several times before coming to a stop.
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Miller died instantly due to blunt force injuries sustained in the crash.
Hutchinson, who suffered a brain injury and multiple broken bones, underwent two reconstructive surgeries and has remained in critical condition since the accident.
His brother-in-law, Ben Garrett, and nephew, Brogan, were also in the cart hit by Komoroski and were injured.
Komoroski, who was alone in the car, has been charged with reckless vehicular homicide and three counts of felony DUI resulting in great bodily harm or death.
She remains in custody at the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center and is set to appear in court in June.
If found guilty, Komoroski could face up to 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,100 for the death of Miller and additional 15 years and $10,100 for injuring the other three.
Komoroski could also face a sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 for the charge of reckless homicide, and her license could be revoked for five years upon release.
A GoFundMe page created by Hutchinson’s mother, Annette, has raised $432,191 to cover Miller’s burial costs and Hutchinson’s medical expenses.
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In an emotional post, Hutchinson’s mother writes: “I was handed Aric’s wedding ring in a plastic bag at the hospital, five hours after Sam placed it on his finger and they read each other their vows.
“Aric has lost the love of his life.”
It is unclear whether Hutchinson is aware that his wife has died as he remains in a critical condition since the incident.
The fundraising page has received an outpouring of tributes from people all over the world.
One person comments: “I’m also a 2023 bride and my heart aches hearing this story.
“Sending you all much love and strength during this heartbreaking time.”
Another writes: “Aric – our hearts are broken for you.”
While a third adds: “I can’t believe you are gone, Sam.”
The couple’s final pictures, showing them laughing and doing a sparkler tunnel as they left their wedding ceremony, has been shared widely on social media since the tragedy.
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