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Alleged Drunk Driver Bemoaned Her "Whole Life" Was "Over" in Jailhouse Call after Crash That Killed New Bride
"I can't believe this is my life and my whole life is going to be over," a weeping Jamie Lee Komoroski allegedly said in a recorded jailhouse phone call days after she slammed her car into a golf cart, killing 34-year-old Samantha Miller and injuring her husband.
Jamie Lee Komoroski — the 25-year-old accused of drunkenly slamming her car into a golf cart, killing a new bride and leaving her widow gravely injured hours after their South Carolina wedding ceremony — tearfully bemoaned that her "whole life [was] going to be over" in recorded jailhouse phone conversations two days after the tragedy.
Komoroski has been placed on suicide watch since allegedly ramming her Toyota Camry into the slow-moving golf cart carrying 34-year-old bride Samantha Miller and her husband Aric Hutchinson on April 28. She refused to take field sobriety tests at the scene, but bloodwork revealed her BAC was three times over the legal limit, authorities say.
Miller died at the scene, still in her wedding dress, while Hutchinson suffered two broken legs, broken bones in his face, broken vertebrae in his back, numerous cuts and severe brain bleeds, according to a GoFundMe organized by his family.
Komoroski now faces charges of reckless homicide and felony DUI resulting in great bodily injury or death.
According to phone logs obtained from the Charleston County Jail by The Post and Courier, Komoroski sobbed and shrieked through many conversations with her parents and friends since her arrest.
"I can't believe this is my life and my whole life is going to be over," she allegedly said in one call, in tears. "Oh my God. I just can't believe this happened to me. Why me? I'm going to be here for years and year and years and years."
Her father reportedly told her to "get tough" and "suck it up," to which she replied: "I can't. I want it to be over."
He told his daughter that he thought she'd likely get a sentence shorter than 15 years, but also reasoned that Komoroski was "going to have to do time" in another phone call, according to the newspaper.
“You don’t need to be sorry, Jamie, this is what happened and we’re going to take care of it,” her father said in one of the calls. “We don’t care about what happened. We don’t care. We care only about you.”
In another call, Komoroski said she "didn't mean" for the crash to happen and characterized it as a "freak accident obviously."
"I just feel like a terrible person, like, I didn't mean for any of that to happen," she reportedly said, telling her parents that she hoped a judge would know "how regretful and remorseful I am and that I'm not a bad person and that I'll never do anything bad again."
The accused drunk driver told her father that she "wanted to make sure that [she] could say an apology" for the accident in court, and her father told her to "stop talking about it," warning that her communications from jail were being recorded.
In calls placed to her boyfriend and other friends on May 2, Komoroski again expressed fear that the general public would think she is a bad person.
Komoroski also gave her boyfriend permission to break up with her in these calls, according to The Post and Courier.
In other logs, Komoroski maintained a more positive outlook, predicting that she would not serve prison time because the deadly crash was unintentional. In another conversation with a friend, she was optimistic that she would be granted bail.
"There's been people that have, like, killed people on purpose before and, like, they've gotten out on a bond," she reportedly told a friend, recounting conversations with other inmates. She also told the caller not to be "stupid like [she] was because all it takes is one time."
Komoroski remains jailed without bond. Last Friday, her legal team filed a motion with the Court of General Sessions for the Ninth Judicial Circuit to get her out of jail on $100,000, provided that she attends and successfully completes an inpatient rehab program, according to WCIV.
After the program, her attorneys Christopher J. Gramiccioni and Nathan S. Williams proposed, she would remain under her mother's supervision in Brick, New Jersey, without access to alcohol or a vehicle. Her mother would also be willing to travel to South Carolina to keep an eye on her daughter before her trial begins if the judge would not permit her to leave the state, the lawyers said.
The attorneys have previously urged the public not to "rush to judgment" before their client could be judged in court. In their Friday motion, the two attorneys said that some news outlets have wrongfully depicted Komoroski as an "unrepentant villain."
"Certain media reports paint a picture of the accused as an unrepentant villain who ostensibly had a history of partying behavior, extrapolated from handpicked photographs posted to social accounts appearing to depict the accused attending a Halloween party or socializing with friends while in college," the motion reads, according to WCIV. "As this court is aware, such characterizations of the accused serve only to inflame public sentiment and remain irrelevant to the determination as to whether Ms. Komoroski poses a flight risk or any danger to the community."
Last Wednesday, injured widower Hutchinson filed a wrongful death suit against Komoroski and the bars that allegedly over-served her.