A man whose wife died when a drunk driver plowed into their golf cart after their wedding is suing the bars that served her for wrongful death
Aric Hutchinson's wife was killed when a drunk driver rear-ended the couple just after their wedding.
Hutchinson is now suing the drunk driver and the bars that served her for wrongful death.
An attorney for Hutchinson said the driver's boss often organized work functions with excessive alcohol.
A man whose wife was killed when a drunk driver crashed into their golf cart just after their wedding is now suing the driver and the bars that served her for wrongful death.
Aric Hutchinson, 34, filed the lawsuit in Charleston County Common Pleas Court on May 17 in South Carolina.
The lawsuit names Komoroski and seven different bars as defendants, as well as one unnamed supervisor and 20 more unnamed defendants. The suit alleges wrongful death, negligence, and infliction of emotional distress against all defendants, court documents show.
Attorneys for Hutchinson argued in the lawsuit that the bars that served Komoroski had a duty of care to not allow patrons to become intoxicated, to not serve alcohol to intoxicated patrons, and to protect the public from intoxicated customers' actions, court documents show.
According to the lawsuit, the bars continued to serve Komoroski, 25, after workers noticed that she had become "noticeably and visibly intoxicated at each of these establishments."
"By the end of the night, Jamie Komoroski was grossly and dangerously intoxicated," the lawsuit says.
Danny Dalton, an attorney representing Hutchinson, said at a press conference that Komoroski had recently started working at a restaurant called Taco Boy, where she had a supervisor who regularly organized employee functions "knowing that excessive amounts of alcoholic beverages would be purchased."
"There was an almost routine gathering to go out to bars or a bar after their shifts or, you know, in the middle of their shifts or at different times. And the supervisors would also attend those gatherings or those events," Dalton said, according to WCIV, a local ABC news affiliate in Charleston, South Carolina.
Police charged Komoroski with reckless vehicular homicide and three counts of driving under the influence and causing great bodily harm.
Lisa Miller, Samantha's mother, last week said that Samantha's last words to her new husband were, "I want this day, this evening, to last forever."
At the time of writing, a GoFundMe set up to benefit Hutchinson has raised more than $728,000.
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