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The Post and Courier has obtained jailhouse recordings that show Jamie Lee Komoroski, a 25-year-old South Carolina woman accused of felony drunk driving and reckless homicide, struggling to adjust to her new reality behind bars.
On April 28, Komoroski slammed her vehicle into a golf cart carrying newlyweds Aric and Samantha Hutchinson, who had left their wedding reception only minutes earlier. Samantha Hutchinson, 34, did not survive the crash.
In recorded conversations with family and friends, obtained by the Post and Courier, Komoroski expressed confusion and disbelief over what transpired, as well as fear for her own future. “I can’t believe this is my life … and my whole life is going to be over,” Komoroski said.
While sobbing, she continued lamenting her situation, “Oh my God. I just can’t believe this happened to me. … Why me? … I’m going to be here for years and years and years and years.”
The recordings have garnered national attention in part because Komoroski evinced what some might regard as disproportionate concern for her own fate.
She speculated on her prospects of being released from prison before trial. “There’s been people that have, like, killed people on purpose before and, like, they’ve gotten out on a bond,” she assured her friends.
She called her behavior “stupid” and referred to the deadly crash as a “freak accident … obviously.”
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