Drunk Driver Who Killed Bride On Wedding Day Cried And Asked Parents, ‘Why Me?’

Drunk Driver Who Killed Bride On Wedding Day Cried And Asked Parents, ‘Why Me?’ Folly Beach Police/GoFundMe

Jamie Lee Komoroski, the drunk driver who killed a bride on her wedding day and seriously injured her new husband seemed less than sympathetic towards her victims and instead appeared more concerned about how her own life would be impacted by her horrific crime. Aric Hutchinson should be celebrating his new life with wife Samantha Miller, but instead, he’s having to plan her funeral.

The woman responsible, 25-year-old Komorowski, was arrested shortly after the tragic accident and has been charged with three counts of DUI causing serious bodily injury/death and one count of reckless homicide. When the crash happened, she was reportedly three times over the blood alcohol limit, and many would like to see her spend a long time, if not life, behind bars.

As she awaits trial behind bars at Charleston County jail, she has had several conversations with her family members via telephone. Several of those conversations were obtained by The Post and Courier via an open records request, and their contents were shocking, to say the least.

On one call, Jamie Lee Komoroski sobbed to her parents and lamented how much her life would have to change as a result of what she’d done, especially if she goes to prison long-term.

“I can’t believe this is my life… and my whole life is going to be over,” she said. “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 didn’t seem to have much sympathy for his daughter’s complaints, telling her to “get tough” and “suck it up,” to which she replied, “I can’t. I want it to be over.”

However, a later conversation with her boyfriend and friends showed a more repentant Komorowski. She admitted she was sorry for what happened and said she worried everyone would think she’s a terrible person. She also claimed that since what happened was an accident, she don’t think she’ll spend any time in prison.

“There’s been people that have, like, killed people on purpose before and, like, they’ve gotten out on a bond,” she told her 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 doesn’t seem to understand that the DUI charge alone could carry a sentence of up to 15 years, while vehicular homicide could lead to up to 10 extra years.

Jamie Lee Komoroski will next appear in court on June 16.

Jennifer Still is a writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience. The managing editor of Bolde, she has bylines in Vanity Fair, Business Insider, The New York Times, Glamour, Bon Appetit, and many more. You can follow her on Twitter @jenniferlstill