A newly wedded bride, Samantha Miller, was killed by a drunk driver who slammed into the newlywed’s golf cart on a South Carolina beach, authorities disclosed on Monday.
According to the Charleston County coroner’s office, the 34-year-old who had just gotten married hours earlier died in the wreck which left three others in the golf cart injured, including the groom, who is hospitalised and in critical condition.
The Guardian reported that the groom’s mother has created a GoFundMe page to pay for her daughter-in-law’s funeral and her son’s medical bills.
It included a photo of the newlyweds running under sparklers just before the crash, which caused the golf cart to roll over several times.
Data retrieved from the suspect, Jamie Lee Komoroski’s rental car indicated she was driving 65 mph (105 km/h), and only briefly hit the brakes before she struck the golf cart around 10 pm Friday on Folly Beach, investigators said.
Gilreath said the golf cart had lights and was legal to drive at night.
The speed limit on the island near Charleston is 25 mph (40 km/h).
Komoroski, 25, was charged with reckless vehicular homicide and three counts of driving under the influence causing death. She faces up to 25 years in prison on each count.
The suspect remained in the Charleston County jail on Monday afternoon and records did not indicate if she had a lawyer.