Groom whose wife was killed in wedding day crash plans funeral as he recovers
A man whose wife was killed as the newlywed couple left their wedding reception is recovering from his injuries and now faces planning her funeral.
Samantha Miller, 34, died when an alleged drunk driver accused of going at more than twice the speed limit slammed into a golf cart carrying the couple in South Carolina.
Her husband Aric Hutchinson broke both legs, his back and bones in his face and also suffered a brain injury.
He is now at home and planning his wife’s funeral, his mother said in an update on a Go Fund Me page that has so far raised more than $700,000 (£550,000).
Annette Hutchinson called the prospect of planning the funeral “unimaginable”.
“She was everything to my son and changed him for the better… They shared many hopes and dreams for their future including children and building a house,” she wrote.
“He is physically recovering at home while trying to come to terms with the loss of his beautiful wife,” she said.
Ms Miller died of blunt force injuries at the scene of the crash, according to the coroner’s office.
The golf cart – which was decorated with a “just married” sign – was thrown 90 metres and flipped several times when a car crashed into the back of it on a South Carolina beach road.
Police say 25-year-old Jamie Lee Komoroski was at the wheel of the other vehicle.
Andrew Gilreath, public safety director for the Folly Beach area where the crash took place, said data retrieved from her rental car indicated she was driving at 65mph in a 25mph zone and only briefly hit the brakes before she hit the golf cart.
She has been charged with reckless vehicular homicide and three counts of driving under the influence causing great bodily harm.
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Two other people who were in the golf cart were also injured.
Mrs Hutchinson wrote on Go Fund Me that one of the injured men, Ben, was recovering in the burns unit after surgery.
The other passenger, named as 17-year-old Ben, suffered minor injuries, she said.
“Our hope is that with love and support he can get through the trauma of having been involved in this horrific accident at 17,” she wrote.