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Woman accused of killing newlywed bride due to drunk driving denied bond

By NICK GARCIA Published Aug 02, 2023 4:43 pm

The woman who allegedly killed a newlywed bride due to drunk driving was denied bond and will remain in prison.

The Associated Press reported that Jamie Lee Komoroski, 25, will remain behind bars awaiting trial, which is slated for March 2024.

Officials said Komoroski drove over twice the speed limit into a low-speed vehicle escorting Samantha Miller and husband Aric Hutchinson on their wedding day.

Hutchinson survived, though sustained broken bones and underwent surgery. Two other passengers also reportedly survived their injuries.

Komoroski's blood alcohol content exceeded three times the legal level, a toxicology report showed. She faces charges of reckless vehicular homicide and three counts of driving under the influence causing death or great bodily injury.

Her lawyers had sought a $100,000 (P5.5 million) bond, under the conditions that she would attend a rehabilitation program, remain under her mother’s supervision, and forgo access to a vehicle or alcohol.

Circuit Judge Michael Nettles, who denied the bond, asked both parties to work to expedite the trial.

If the case is not heard by then, Komoroski can be released on a $150,000 (P8.3 million) surety bond. She would be subject to electronic monitoring and placed on house arrest, according to AP.