The husband of a woman who was killed by an allegedly drunk driver on their wedding night is home from hospital and planning his wife’s funeral.
Aric Hutchinson, 36, and Samantha Hutchinson – formerly Miller – were leaving their wedding reception on April 28 at Folly Beach in South Carolina when the golf cart they were travelling in was struck by a speeding car.
The 34-year-old bride died at the scene, while three others on board the cart suffered critical injuries.
Mr Hutchinson broke both legs, his back, had broken bones in his face and brain bleeds, according to an update from his mother, Annette Hutchinson.
“He is physically recovering at home while trying to come to terms with the loss of his beautiful wife. Now he is doing the unimaginable of planning Sam’s funeral along with her family,” she wrote on a GoFundMe page set up in the wake of the tragedy.
Mrs Hutchinson claims the driver of the car was travelling more than 100km/h and threw the golf cart almost 100 metres, killing the bride just five hours after she said her vows.
Woman charged with driving under the influence
The driver of the car Jamie Komoroski was allegedly three times over the limit with a BAC of 0.261 on the night of the tragedy.
The 25-year-old reportedly told police, “all of a sudden something hit me” and “I did nothing wrong”, the New York Post said, citing an incident report.
She was charged with three felony DUIs resulting in great bodily injury or death and one count of reckless homicide.
Bride returned to reception after forgetting her phone
On the way out of their reception, the bride and groom walked past their family and friends holding up sparklers as they made their way to the back of the golf cart.
They began the drive to their honeymoon suite but returned several minutes later because the newlywed bride had forgotten her phone in her maid of honour Ashley’s car.
“I wish I didn’t have her phone because those few minutes could have saved her,” an emotional Ashley told the Charlotte Observer.
The GoFundMe page has raised US$712,374 — more than A$1 million — in less than two weeks.
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