Jamie Komoroski’s lawyers have slammed her portrayal as a “bad guy” and are urging her to be released after “drinking driver killed bride” on their wedding night
LAWYERS are urging the release of a driver who has been in custody for almost a month and is charged in connection with a fatal accident on their wedding night.
Jamie Komoroski has been charged with drunk driving and manslaughter after her Toyota sedan collided with another vehicle on April 28, killing newly married Samantha Miller.
Miller’s new husband, Aric Hutchinson, and another passenger in the slow-moving vehicle suffered serious injuries in the accident.
According to the Folly Beach Police Department, Komoroski’s blood alcohol level was three times above the legal limit and he was driving 65 mph in a 25 mph zone.
She has been held at the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center since April 28 after being denied bail.
Christopher J. Gramiccioni and Nathan S. Williams, representing Komoroski, filed a request for bail in the Court of General Sessions for the Ninth Circuit on May 19.
The motion calls for bail to be set at $100,000, with additional stipulations that Komoroski attend and complete an inpatient rehabilitation program and remain under supervision at her mother’s home in Brick, New Jersey.
The filing alleges that Komoroski has strong family support from her parents and siblings, has a history of babysitting children, and has no criminal record or history of violence.
Lawyers criticized their client’s portrayal of a party-goer, claiming she was “portrayed as an unrepentant villain who allegedly had a history of party-going.”
They referenced photos on Komoroski’s social media accounts “which appear to show the defendant at a Halloween party or meeting friends while he was in college.”
“As this Court is aware, such characterizations of the defendant serve only to inflame public sentiment and remain irrelevant in determining whether Ms. Komoroski poses an escape risk or a danger to the community.”
Komoroski’s mother is also willing to take time off from her job as a paramedic and move into an apartment in the Charleston area if the court doesn’t allow her daughter’s release to her New Jersey home.
“Given her lack of a criminal record, strong family support and peaceful character, her commitment to rehabilitation treatment and the willingness of her mother and brother to house and support Jamie during her release, and the variety of conditions the court may impose. “In the bail order, to further protect the public and ensure their attendance, Jamie is asking the court to order her release,” the motion states.
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