Alleged drunk driver who killed bride on wedding day cried and told parents her 'life was over'
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Alleged drunk driver Jamie Lee Komoroski who crashed into a couple on their wedding night and killed the bride has reportedly said that her life is 'going to be over' ahead of her court date.
The 25-year-old, who has been charged with three counts of DUI causing serious bodily injury/ death and one count of reckless homicide, was allegedly three times over the drink driving limit when she collided with a golf cart that had been transporting groom Aric Hutchinson and bride Samantha Miller from their wedding ceremony.
Now, as she awaits her court date, recordings of Komoroski's conversations with family and friends from behind bars have been released.
The recordings, obtained by The Post and Courier through an open records request, heard Komoroski try to make sense of why 'this happened to [her]' and feared that her 'life is going to be over'.
In one recording from Charleston County jail, where she is currently being held without bail, Komoroski reportedly sobbed as she told her parents over the phone: "I can’t believe this is my life... and my whole life is going to be over.
"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."
Her father could then be heard telling her to 'suck it up' and 'get tough' while she was behind bars.
Komoroski then replied: "I can't. I want it to be over."
In a separate conversation with a small group of friends and her boyfriend via video chat, Komoroski reportedly expressed remorse and feared that people would think she was a terrible person.
She also told them that she expected she wouldn't have to serve any prison time since the crash had been an accident.
"There’s been people that have, like, killed people on purpose before and, like, they’ve gotten out on a bond," she told friends.
“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 then signed off the call by warning her friends: "Please don’t be stupid like I was because all it takes is one time."
In another video call with her parents, Komoroski reportedly said: "I'm just so confused, like, why this would happen to me."
When her father assured her that sometimes these things just happen, she told him: "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."
In later recordings, though, she seemed to understand the gravity of the situation.
While a DUI charge can carry up to 15-years in prison, a vehicular homicide charge could add up to ten.
Komoroski could also be dealing with additional legal trouble, after bereaved groom Aric Hutchinson filed a wrongful death lawsuit against her, as well as a number of bars and restaurants that served her alcohol, despite her allegedly being 'noticeably and visibly intoxicated'.
According to a GoFundMe set up to pay for Sam Miller's funeral costs, Aric was left with multiple injuries including two broken legs, one which had to be surgically repaired; broken bones in his face which also had to be surgically repaired; broken vertebraes in his back; brain bleeds, and numerous cuts with stitches.
To date, the GoFundMe page has raised over $700,000.
According to court records seen by CBC, Komoroski is set to appear in court on June 16.