The intoxicated driver who struck and murdered a newlywed couple hours after their wedding and seriously injured the groom was a Bud Light bottle at a Halloween party.
In a play on the iconic “Toy Story” character, Jamie Lee Komoroski, 25, posted a photo of herself in tight shorts, a crop top, and Bud Light boxes wrapped around her ankles while posing as “Bud Lightyear” in 2018.
The caption refers to Buzz Lightyear’s slogan, “To infinity and beyond,” and says, “To infinity and beyond.”
The image is one of many that Komoroski has made on her Instagram that mentions booze, such as the one from a week ago where she is shown in a bikini on the beach and asks, “Did somebody say tequila?”
Sam Hutchinson and her husband, Aric, were leaving their Folly Beach, South Carolina, wedding celebration when Komoroski, driving a Toyota rental car, crashed into the rear of the golf cart carrying them.
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Hutchinson, a 34-year-old North Carolina resident, was pronounced dead there. Her husband and another passenger continue to be treated for severe wounds at the hospital.
Police reported that Komoroski, unharmed in the collision, was traveling at 65 mph when she collided with the golf cart. According to ABC, the coach was discovered around 75 yards from the crash.
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According to police records, she smelled of alcohol but “strongly refused and became uncooperative” when asked to complete a field sobriety test after the collision. She admitted to having consumed one beer and tequila shot before the accident to emergency personnel. Komoroski gave herself an 8 on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 representing being fully sober, according to WCIV.
Blood test results are still awaited. In addition to one accusation of reckless homicide, Komoroski was charged with three felony DUIs causing severe bodily harm or death.
She told an officer at the hospital that she wanted to kill herself on Saturday, according to the court papers, and was put on suicide watch at the Charleston County jail in South Carolina. Without a bond, she is being detained. Samantha and Aric’s families lament a lost future due to the catastrophe.
The bridegroom’s mother said on the GoFundMe set up shortly after the incident, “I was handed Aric’s wedding ring in a plastic bag at the hospital, five hours after Sam placed it on his finger and they read each other their vows.