The death of Samantha Miller: One year since bride was killed on her wedding night – wpde.com

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What was supposed to be the happiest day of Samantha Miller’s life turned to tragedy.

On April 28, 2023, Miller married Aric Hutchinson in Folly Beach. They left their wedding reception in a low-speed vehicle (LSV) and were headed back to their apartment when they were struck by another vehicle.

The collision killed Miller on her wedding night.

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Miller and Hutchinson were sitting in the rear of the LSV when it was struck from behind. Hutchinson and another passenger were seriously injured in the collision.

Jamie Lee Komoroski, the driver of the vehicle that struck the LSV, was traveling 65 m.p.h. in a 25 m.p.h. zone and her blood alcohol level was three times over the legal limit. She is charged with three counts of felony DUI resulting in great bodily injury or death and one count of reckless homicide.

Initially denied bond, Komoroski was released from the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center after her trial did not begin in March. She will remain under house arrest as she awaits her trial.

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Hutchinson filed a wrongful death claim against Komoroski and the establishments that served her the night of the collision that May. In October, a settlement agreement between Hutchinson and the establishments was reached.

The settlement led to a legal battle between Hutchinson and Samantha Miller’s mother, Lisa Miller, who has challenged the validity of the marriage. While Hutchinson offered to pay half of what he received from the lawsuit, Lisa Miller has argued she should be the sole beneficiary of her daughter’s estate.

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