Today reports that a DUI motorist killed a bride just hours after she and her husband took their wedding vows.
The incident occurred on Friday, April 28, at Folly Beach, located 10 miles outside of Charleston, South Carolina, as the newlyweds were leaving their reception to begin their new life together. The couple was in a golf cart ferrying them into town when a motorist under the influence of alcohol crashed into the vehicle.
Police and paramedics responded to the scene. The 34-year-old bride was declared dead at the scene of the crash.
The groom and two additional family members in the cart were seriously injured and “in and out of consciousness” when police arrived at the crash site.
Authorities have identified the driver as 35-year-old Jamie Lee Komoroski. Investigators told reporters that the onboard computer inside the suspect’s vehicle indicated she was going 65 mph in a 25 mph zone.
Komoroski told police she had consumed one beer and one drink with tequila about an hour before the fatal crash. According to an affidavit, during the interview with police, she was asked on a scale of 1 to 10 how intoxicated she believed she was. She told the officers she was “an 8.”
The suspect refused to provide a breath sample; however, a toxicology test at the hospital indicated that she had a blood-alcohol level approximately twice the legal limit of .08 percent.
Komoroski has been charged with one count of reckless vehicular homicide and three counts of felony DUI resulting in great bodily harm. She is currently being held without bail.
A GoFundMe site has been created to help the family with medical and funeral expenses.