Groom whose wife was killed on wedding day, golf cart accident plans funeral as he recovers | US News

A man whose wife was killed when the newlywed couple left the wedding reception is recovering from his injuries and must now plan his own funeral.

Samantha Miller, 34, died when an alleged drunk driver was accused of going more than double the speed limit slammed into a golf cart carrying the couple in South Carolina.

Her husband Aric Hutchinson broke both of his legs, back and facial bones and also suffered a brain injury.

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Aric Hutchinson and Samantha Miller on their wedding day. Pic: Go finance me

He’s now at home planning his wife’s funeral, his mother said in an update on a Go Fund Me page that has raised more than $700,000 (£550,000) so far.

Annette Hutchinson called the prospect of organizing the funeral “unimaginable”.

“She was everything to my son and changed him for the better… They shared many hopes and dreams for their future, including children and building a house,” she wrote.

“He’s physically recovering at home as he tries to come to terms with the loss of his beautiful wife,” he said.

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Aric Hutchinson in hospital recovering after a wedding day accident that killed his wife.  Pic: Go finance me
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Ms. Miller died of blunt force injuries at the scene of the crash, according to the coroner’s office.

The golf cart — which was emblazoned with a “just married” sign — was thrown 300 feet and flipped multiple times when a car crashed into it on a South Carolina coastal road.

Police say 25-year-old Jamie Lee Komoroski was behind the wheel of the other vehicle.

Andrew Gilreath, director of public safety for the Folly Beach area where the crash occurred, said data retrieved from his rental car indicated he was driving 65 mph in a 25 mph zone and braked only briefly. before hitting the golf cart.

She was charged with reckless vehicular homicide and three counts of driving under the influence causing grievous bodily harm.

Jamie Lee Komoroski.  Photo: Charleston County Sheriff's Office via AP
Jamie Lee Komoroski was charged with reckless vehicular homicide. Photo: Charleston County Sheriff’s Office via AP

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Two other people who were in the golf cart were also injured.

Ms Hutchinson wrote in Go Fund Me that one of the injured, Ben, was recovering in the burn ward following surgery.

The other passenger, named 17-year-old Ben, suffered minor injuries, he said.

“It is our hope that with love and support he can overcome the trauma of being involved in this horrific accident at 17,” he wrote.


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