Groom who lost his wife on wedding day says he’s not ready to address drunk driver
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The groom who lost his wife on his wedding day has said he’s not ready to address the alleged drunk driver that killed her.
Bride Samantha Miller, 34, was killed at the scene while groom, Aric Hutchinson, 36, was left critically injured after Jamie Komoroski, 25, allegedly hit the wedding party’s golf cart, according to police.
The newlyweds had tied the knot on Folly Beach, South Carolina last month (28 April) but their lives were changed forever when they were hit by a vehicle alleged to be travelling at 65mph in a 25mph zone.
Charleston County Coroner confirmed that Miller had died due to blunt force injuries.
Following the tragic incident, Hutchinson's mum, Annette, set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to help cover funeral and medical costs.
She wrote in an update that they were 'missing Sam more than anything' and said she was 'everything' to Hutchinson.
At the time of writing, a staggering $726,210 has been raised out of the initial $100,000 goal.
In his first interview since leaving the hospital, Hutchinson has opened up to Good Morning America about how he is handling losing the love of his life just moments after their wedding reception.
Speaking of his late wife, Hutchinson said: "Sam's just got that glow. She's the type that walks in a room, and you notice.
"I'm still trying to wrap my head around it. That night, going from an all-time high to an all-time low, it's pretty rough to try to comprehend."
Recalling their wedding reception, he added: "She was so happy. I mean, planning a wedding, as most people know, is extremely stressful. And she just had a weird, like, calmness that night."
While he explained he didn't remember the crash itself, Hutchinson, who suffered from a brain bleed and multiple broken bones, remembered his wife's final words to him.
He continued: "I do remember the last thing I remember her saying was she wanted the night to never end."
The next thing he says he could remember was waking up in the hospital room, asking 'Where's Sam?'
"That's when [my mother] told me there's an incident and that Sam didn't make it," the groom added.
When asked if there was anything he would say to the alleged drunk driver, Komoroski, Hutchinson revealed: "No, I can't right now.
"I'd like too, I mean, she's stole something. She stole an amazing human being that should not have been taken."
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