A tragic wedding night incident has led to a complex legal battle in South Carolina. Aric Hutchinson is engaged in a court dispute with his mother-in-law, Lisa Miller, regarding the estate of his late wife, Samantha Miller, who was tragically killed by a suspected drunk driver shortly after their wedding.
On the night of April 28th, as the newlyweds left their Folly Beach reception in a golf cart, they were struck by a vehicle driven by 25-year-old Jamie Lee Komoroski. Reports indicate that Komoroski, who admitted to consuming alcohol before the accident, was driving at a speed double the legal limit on the island near Charleston.
In the months following her daughter’s death, Lisa Miller has taken legal action, challenging Hutchinson’s role as the personal representative of Samantha’s estate. She contends that her daughter would have preferred her to have a portion of any inheritance.
Lisa Miller has been quoted expressing her reluctance to dispute the marriage’s validity and her belief that Hutchinson is not honoring her daughter’s memory by allegedly going against her wishes. Hutchinson, through his attorney Patrick Wooten, has defended his actions, stating that he has been “more than generous” and characterizing any challenge to the marriage’s validity as “frivolous.”
The situation escalated when Miller accused Hutchinson of acting too quickly to capitalize on the tragic event. Hutchinson’s legal team claims he has offered to share the potential proceeds from a wrongful death lawsuit with Miller in exchange for dropping the challenge to the marriage.
Wooten emphasized that Hutchinson’s settlement proposal is a gesture of generosity rather than an acknowledgment of a legal claim by Miller. Meanwhile, Miller’s attorney, Jerry Meechan, insists that her intervention is solely to protect her daughter’s estate and ensure due process for all heirs, casting Hutchinson’s actions as a hasty “money grab.”
As the family navigates this heartbreaking situation, Komoroski faces serious charges, including reckless vehicular homicide and driving under the influence, with a wrongful death lawsuit implicating her and several establishments for their alleged role in the events leading to the fatal accident.