The driver killed in the accident A bride on her wedding night in South Carolina Beach was three times over the road drink limit, a blood test showed.
Toxicology reports processed and released by the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division’s forensic laboratory show that the alleged drunk driver, Jamie Lee Komorowski, had a blood alcohol content of 0.261%. The state prohibits driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or higher.
Folly Beach Department of Public Safety
Komorowski, 25, was driving 65 mph in his rental car before he hit the back of a golf cart carrying the bride in Folly Beach around 10 p.m. Friday, investigators said.
Samantha Miller, 34, died While still wearing her wedding dress. Miller’s husband, Eric Hutchinson, Recovering from a brain injury and numerous broken bones.
Police investigators said in an affidavit that Komorowski “had an odor of alcohol on his breath and person.” When the investigator asked him if he had anything to drink that night, Komorowski replied, “No oh I had two drinks, a beer and a drink.” Then he said, “Like tequila and pineapple.”
He said he was walking home when “something hit him,” the incident report said. Police said he was driving in the opposite direction of his house.
Komorowski refused to take a field sobriety test and asked for a lawyer, the report said. The police tried to pick him up in a police car and take him to the station but he kept asking “why he is being arrested.”
He refused to provide a breath sample to police, the report said. Investigators obtained a warrant to draw two vials of blood, which Folly Beach police sent to the South Carolina Department of Law Enforcement for testing, the report said.
Komorowski has been charged with reckless vehicular homicide and three counts of driving causing death.
His attorney, Chris Gramicioni, told CBS News, “We cannot fathom what the families are going through and offer our deepest sympathy. We simply ask that there be no rush to judgment. Our court system is founded on the principles of justice and mercy and That’s where all the events will unfold.”
Comoroxi is scheduled to be arraigned June 16, according to court documents. He is currently being held in the Charleston County Jail.
Reporting contributed by Greg Canella
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