The husband of the woman who was struck and killed in an accident on the couple’s wedding night in South Carolina said he is feeling «as good as I can» after the April tragedy that left him critically injured.
Aric Hutchinson and at least a hundred mourners gathered on Folly Beach, the same beach where he and Samantha Miller, 34, were married just hours before the deadly crash last month, Saturday for a memorial to his late wife, CBS affiliate WCSC of Charleston informed.
Hutchinson, who sat in a wheelchair on the shoreline of the memorial, told the local station that she is «feeling pretty good» as she recovers from her injuries. He suffered a brain injury and broken bones as a result of the accident, according to a GoFundMe page set up by his mother to help cover the cost of Miller’s medical fees and burial.
“I think my body is getting back to where I can handle it,” Hutchinson told WCSC at the memorial. “It’s as good as I can feel about the situation, but obviously today and the sheer number of people was just amazing. I know Sam would love it.»
«I mean, she’s a beach girl, through and through,» she added. “We walk here almost every morning, and this is her farewell to her for sure. I’m sure she’s up there smiling.»
He and Miller were leaving their wedding reception in a golf cart when the accident occurred on April 28. the Associated Press reported.
A woman identified by police as 25-year-old Jamie Lee Komoroski was charged with rear-ending a golf cart while allegedly driving under the influence and exceeding the speed limit, according to an incident report.
Komoroski was arrested and charged with one count of reckless homicide and three counts of felony DUI resulting in great bodily harm after the crash, according to online records, which show she remains in police custody.
Besides the boyfriend, two other people in the golf cart. They were also injured, Folly Beach Department of Public Safety Director Andrew Gilreath told the AP, adding that the golf cart had lights and was legal to drive at night.
Komoroski was not physically injured in the crash, according to a news release from city officials.
A witness reported that Komoroski «was dazed and confused» at the scene and repeatedly said «I didn’t do anything wrong» and that she wanted to go home, according to the incident report.
That report also states that Komoroski told a sergeant on the scene that she had two drinks that night: a beer and a «pineapple of tequila an hour or so ago,» she allegedly told police.
Samantha Miller’s mother, Lisa Miller, told Fox News Digital that Komoroski «chose to drink, get behind the wheel, and shoot down my daughter.»
«This is a conscious choice made by a young woman,» Lisa Miller claimed.
Komoroski’s attorney, Christopher Gramiccioni, said in a statement released last week: «We cannot understand what the families are going through and offer our deepest condolences. We simply ask that there be no rush to judge. Our judicial system is based on the principles of justice and mercy and that is where all the facts will come out.”
mirna alsharif, chantal da silva and The Associated Press contributed.