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Mother of Drunk Driver Who Killed South Carolina Bride Was Involved in Similar Fatal Crash a Decade Ago

Traci Komoroski, 62, the mother of Jamie Lee Komoroski, 25, who was responsible for the tragic death of a bride in South Carolina on her wedding night, was previously involved in an eerily similar accident ten years ago in New Jersey, resulting in the death of firefighter Jeffrey Scheuerer.

In 2013, Traci was involved in a collision that took the life of Forest Fire Service Warden Jeffrey Scheuerer while he was combatting a blaze in Clinton Township. Traci struck him as he became partially obscured by smoke and a firetruck, despite its flashing emergency lights.

The incident was determined to be a “tragic accident,” and no charges were filed against Traci, who works as an elementary school paraprofessional. Jeffrey Scheuerer was a dedicated firefighter with six years of service in the Fire Service and 21 years with the Readington Township Volunteer Fire Company.

Recently, the details of Traci’s previous crash resurfaced after her daughter, Jamie Lee Komoroski, was involved in a collision in April that claimed the life of Samantha Miller, who was leaving her wedding reception in South Carolina.

Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns attributed the unfortunate death of Jeffrey Scheuerer, in part, to sudden changes in wind direction, which caused thick smoke from a controlled forest burn site to obstruct the view of the firetruck and its emergency lights.

During the incident, Scheuerer narrowly avoided being struck by one driver but was ultimately hit by Traci’s 2010 Jeep Liberty SUV. The heavy smoke made it difficult for Traci to see the firetruck until the last moment, and although she attempted to swerve and avoid it, she ended up colliding with Scheuerer, as officials stated at the time.

The prosecutor’s office expressed condolences, stating, “This was a tragic accident, and our deepest sympathies go out to Mr. Scheuerer’s family, the Readington Volunteer Fire Company, as well as Mr. Scheuerer’s colleagues in the New Jersey Forest Fire Service.”

David Scheuerer, told  New York Post  Jeffrey’s brother, expressed frustration with the lack of charges against Traci, recounting that the Clinton Township Police Department had assured him that appropriate actions would be taken. However, no charges were ever filed.

Regarding Jamie Lee Komoroski’s case, she was arrested on April 28 for rear-ending a golf cart carrying Samantha Miller and her husband, Aric Hutchinson, shortly after their wedding reception in Folly Beach, South Carolina. Tragically, Miller, 28, lost her life at the scene, while Hutchinson, 34, and two others sustained severe injuries.

Police later discovered that Jamie had been driving with a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit and was driving well over twice the speed limit when the collision occurred.

Jamie Lee Komoroski is currently detained without bond in the Charleston County jail and faces multiple charges. Her attorneys have filed a motion seeking her release on bail, asserting that she poses no flight risk or danger to the community. The motion proposes conditions for her release, including attending an inpatient rehabilitation program, remaining under supervision by her mother, and having no access to a vehicle or alcohol.

The motion emphasized Jamie’s longstanding struggles with alcohol dependence, depression, and anxiety, stating that she is prepared to engage in intensive, inpatient substance abuse and mental health rehabilitation upon her release.

A beach memorial was held for Samantha Miller, where Aric Hutchinson spoke and expressed his grief, stating that she was a beach-loving person, and this gathering served as a fitting tribute. Hutchinson has also filed a civil lawsuit against Jamie Lee

Moriah Ballard
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Moriah Ballard joined the KPRC 2 digital team in the fall of 2021. Prior to becoming a digital content producer in Southeast Texas and a Houstonian, Moriah was an award-winning radio host in her hometown of Lorain, Ohio and previously worked as a producer/content creator in Cleveland. Her faith, family, and community are her top passions.
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