It should have been the happiest time of Samantha Miller’s life. She had just married the love of her life and was enjoying a romantic honeymoon on Folly Beach, a picturesque barrier island near Charleston, South Carolina. But her dreams were tragically cut short when a drunk driver slammed into the back of her golf cart on Friday night, killing her instantly.
According to investigators, the driver, Jamie Lee Komoroski, was travelling at a shocking 65 mph (105 kph) on a road with a 25 mph (40 kph) speed limit. She hit the golf cart without even hitting the brakes properly, and the impact was devastating.
Miller, 34, died at the scene, while three other passengers on the golf cart were injured. The news has left the local community in shock and mourning. “It’s just a tragedy,” said Folly Beach Public Safety Department Director Andrew Gilreath.
The golf cart was equipped with lights and was perfectly legal to drive at night, Gilreath added. It was supposed to be a safe and fun way for Miller and her loved ones to explore the island after her wedding. But Komoroski’s reckless behavior turned a happy occasion into a nightmare.
Komoroski, 25, now faces serious charges. She has been charged with reckless vehicular homicide and three counts of driving under the influence causing death. If found guilty, she could spend up to 25 years in prison for each DUI charge.
A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help Miller’s grieving family. The page has already raised thousands of dollars in donations from people who were touched by Miller’s story.
It’s a stark reminder of the devastating consequences of drunk driving. Even one poor decision can destroy lives and shatter families. As the community mourns Samantha Miller’s passing, they hope that justice will be served, and that her memory will serve as a cautionary tale for others.