'Drunk driver' who killed bride on wedding day cried and asked 'why me?' after crash, recording reveals
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The alleged drunk driver who killed a bride on her wedding day tearfully asked 'why me?' during a phone call with her parents.
Jamie Lee Komoroski has been charged with one count of reckless homicide and three counts of DUI causing serious bodily injury or death.
She was arrested after a car she was allegedly driving was involved in a collision that killed Samantha Miller on her wedding day and put her husband Aric Hutchinson in hospital.
A blood alcohol test carried out at the scene by police indicated that Komoroski had been three times the legal limit at the time of the crash. Komoroski is currently is custody waiting for her court date, which has been set for June 16.
Recordings of conversations she had with her family have now been released to to public. In them, she asks 'why me', and insists that she is 'not a bad person', at one point sobbing down the phone to her parents.
The recordings were obtained from Charleston County Jail by the Post and Courier following an open record request.
She said: "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 be heard telling her to 'suck it up' and 'get tough' while in prison. She responded: "I can't. I want it to be over."
A recording of another phone call to her parents sees her reportedly saying: "I'm just so confused, like, why this would happen to me."
Nonetheless, she appears to be still holding out hope that she will not face a custodial sentence because the crash was an accident.
She said: "There’s been people that have, like, killed people on purpose before and, like, they’ve gotten out on a bond.
"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 urged her friends: "Please don’t be stupid like I was because all it takes is one time."
A DUI charge carries a sentence of up to 15 years in prison. Vehicular homicide has a sentence of as much as 10 years.
Groom Aric Hutchinson has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Komoroski. The lawsuit also includes bars which served her alcohol despite her being 'visibly intoxicated'.