Woman accused of killing bride on her wedding night cried her ‘life was over’ in jail house call
A woman charged with killing a South Carolina bride on her wedding night while driving drunk cried that her ‘life was over’ during a phone call from a county jail.
Jamie Lee Komoroski, 25, lamented her predicament to family and friends during a number of calls made from a phone in the Charleston County jail, recordings of which were obtained by the Post and Courier via a records request.
Komoroski had a blood alcohol level three times higher than the legal driving limit when she crashed a Toyota Camry into newlyweds Samantha Miller, 34, and Aric Hutchinson, 36 — killing the bride and injuring the groom and others.
Two days later during a call with her parents she cried: ‘Oh my God. I just can’t believe this happened to me. … Why me? … I’m going to be here for years and years and years and years.’
‘I can’t believe this is my life… my whole life is going to be over,’ she added.
Jamie Lee Komoroski (pictured in images obtained by the Post and Courier) lamented her predicament to family and friends during a number of calls made from a phone in the Charleston County jail
Komoroski had a blood alcohol level three times higher than the legal driving limit when she crashed a Toyota Camry into newlyweds Samantha Miller, 34, and Aric Hutchinson, 36.
Her father tried to console her but also told her firmly that it was time to ‘suck it up’ and ‘get tough’.
‘I can’t,’ she replied. ‘I want it to be over.’
Komoroski’s father also told her that she was going to have to get used to life in jail, that she could come out a better person, but was ‘going to have to do time’.
In another conversation Komoroski explained that the media interest was making her uncomfortable and asked her father why her case was being so widely covered.
‘That just makes me scared that the media is so involved in it,’ she said. ‘Why are they so involved in it?’
‘Because it sells newspapers,’ her father replied. ‘That’s why, baby.’
‘But that’s not gonna help me,’ she said. ‘Like, oh my God, it’s gonna be so bad when I get out. Everyone’s gonna be so mean to me.
During video conferences from the jail, she was seen sitting in a striped jump suit and tearing up and with swollen eyes as she spoke into the phone.
She expressed remorse and told her boyfriend and a small group of friends that she didn’t want to be perceived negatively and predicted optimistically she would be free on bail within two months.
In the interim, she said, she was going to read books and listen to history and science podcasts.
‘I’m going to be a genius when I get out,’ she said.
During phone calls with friends and family, Komoroski expressed remorse and suggested optimistically that a judge might treat her leniently as a result. She is pictured on the phone in the Charleston County jail in images obtained by the Post and Courier
Miller died and Hutchinson was severely injured when their golf cart (pictured) rolled multiple times and was thrown 100 yards by Komoroski’s Toyota Camry.
Jamie Lee Komoroski, 25, is pictured in a mugshot after the crash. She faces three counts of felony driving under the influence and one count of reckless vehicular homicide.
Komoroski also compared her situation to others.
‘There’s been people that have, like, killed people on purpose before and, like, they’ve gotten out on a bond,’ she told her friends in a call.
Regarding the crash, she said: ‘It was just like a freak accident… obviously, I didn’t mean it to happen. I just feel like a terrible person, like, I didn’t mean for any of that to happen.’
She also warned her friends not to make similar mistakes: ‘Please don’t be stupid like I was because all it takes is one time.’
‘I just pray and hope that the judge understands how regretful and remorseful I am, and that I’m not a bad person and that I’ll never do anything bad again,’ Komoroski said in tears.
Miller and Hutchinson were being driven to an Airbnb after their wedding reception on Folly Beach on April 28. The crash killed Samantha and badly injured Aric, in addition to the other passengers.
Komoroski was allegedly going 65mph in a 25mph zone and her blood alcohol content was 0.261 – more than three times the driving limit. She smashed into a golf cart, causing the buggy to be thrown 100 yards by Komoroski’s Toyota.
Hutchinson was left in a wheelchair after suffering two broken legs, multiple facial fractures and a concussion. He is seen here at a beachside memorial for his late bride
Miller died of her catastrophic injuries and Hutchinson was left in a wheelchair after suffering two broken legs, multiple facial fractures and a concussion.
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.
Although she was initially denied bond, her attorneys Christopher Gramiccioni and Nathan Williams have filed a motion asking for bond set at $100,000.
As part of that bond, the attorneys have suggested that Komoroski 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.