Groom Planning Funeral For Wife While Recovering From His Own Injuries After Losing Her In A Tragic Wedding Day Golf Car Accident

The man involved in a reported collision caused by a drunk driver in South Carolina, which tragically claimed the life of his wife shortly after their wedding reception, is currently recuperating at home and making arrangements for her funeral.

According to the groom's family, a South Carolina man who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a devastating incident that claimed the life of his bride following their wedding reception is currently in the process of recuperating at home and making arrangements for his late wife's funeral.

Aric Hutchinson, 36 years old, has been released from the hospital following a series of reconstructive surgeries aimed at mending fractures in his legs and face, as well as broken vertebrae.

"He is physically recovering at home while trying to come to terms with the loss of his beautiful wife," wrote his mother, Annette Hutchinson, said in an update on GoFundMe. "Now he is doing the unimaginable of planning Sam's funeral along with her family."

During their wedding celebration on April 28 in Folley Beach, South Carolina, Aric and Samantha Hutchinson were riding in a golf cart with two family members when an alleged drunk driver, exceeding the speed limit by 40 mph in a 25 mph zone, crashed into their slowly moving vehicle from behind.

As a result of the collision, the golf cart was propelled through the air for a distance exceeding 100 yards and subsequently overturned.

Tragically, Samantha, 34 years old, was pronounced deceased at the accident site mere hours after she and Aric had solemnized their marriage vows.

In addition, another individual involved in the accident, Ben Garrett, a relative of the groom, sustained severe injuries. Ben underwent surgery to address extensive road rash and open wounds, and he is presently receiving medical care in a specialized burn unit.

According to the most recent update on Garrett's condition, it has been determined that he will need a further skin graft procedure once he returns to his residence in Utah. While his injuries continue to recover, he will remain hospitalized in South Carolina.

On April 28, the crash involved a third person named Brogan Garrett, who, fortunately, only suffered minor injuries.

The groom's mom added: "We truly believe a guardian angel was with him that night. Our hope is that with love and support, he can get through the trauma of having been involved in this horrific accident at 17."

"All three are being incredibly strong despite the pain they are suffering." Annette Hutchinson wrote.

According to the Charleston County Detention Center website, Jamie Lee Komoroski, 25, the driver of the car, has been arrested and charged with three counts of DUI involving great bodily injury or death, as well as reckless homicide.

More details about the crash scene were provided in an affidavit released by the Charleston County court magistrate, which included the report from the responding officer.

In the statement, the officer mentioned that he inquired whether Komoroski had consumed any alcohol, "stated that she had one beer and a drink with tequila about an hour ago."

According to the affidavit, when asked to rate her condition on a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being completely sober and 10 being the most impaired, she stated that she was at an eight.

A field sobriety test was administered to Komoroski, "which she strongly refused and became uncooperative on scene," officials said. The officer described her as "very unsteady on her feet and almost fell down and I had to help her stand."

"Her blood draw results are pending. An investigation into the crash determined she was going 65 mph at the time she struck the cart," police said.

In response to the concern and interest expressed by many individuals, Eric's mother has shared an update regarding their family.

"We are missing Sam more than anything, she instantly fit into our family from the first day Aric and Sam met, she was everything to my son and changed him for the better. She could light up a room with her presence and had an ease about her. They shared many hopes and dreams for their future including children and building a house."

"We wish to thank everyone who has given us hope through thoughtful words of encouragement and generous donations. Also the communities of support in Folly Beach, James Island, Charleston, South Carolina and back home in Utah, who are helping us get through this a day at a time."

"Also, our hearts goes out to the first on the scene, first responders, the police, and all the staff at MUSC hospital, we are forever changed by the love we have received."