In a stunning development, a man whose wife was killed by an allegedly drunk driver is now locked in a legal battle with her mother.
According to Fox News, 34-year-old Samantha Miller died and her 36-year-old husband Aric Hutchinson was left seriously injured this past April as the two celebrated their wedding night.
Miller and Hutchinson were driving a golf cart in Folly Beach, South Carolina when authorities say that the vehicle was struck from behind by Jamie Komoroski.
Komoroski reportedly had a blood-alcohol level of .261%, which is more than three times the legal limit in South Carolina.
The New Jersey resident is also said to have been driving 65 miles per hour in an area where the speed limit was only 25 miles per hour.
While Komoroski has since been indicted on charges of reckless homicide and felony DUI with great bodily injury, another legal case has emerged between Hutchinson and his mother-in-law.
Fox News reported this week that Lisa Miller is fighting with Hutchinson over her daughter’s estate and is also contesting the validity of their wedding.
"Aric and I agreed several times that Sam would want us to do everything together given we’re the two most important people in her life," Mrs. Miller was quoted as saying.
"I never wanted to challenge the validity of the marriage. I never wanted to dishonor Sam. But I feel like Aric is dishonoring my daughter in going against her wishes," she added.
For his part, Hutchinson’s lawyer maintains that his client has been "more than generous" when dealing with his late wife’s mother.
"She has repaid him by threatening to bring a frivolous challenge to the validity of his marriage to Sam," attorney Patrick Wooten stated.
"One would hope that Mrs. Miller would have too much respect for her own daughter to do that," the lawyer continued.
Wooten went on to explain that Hutchinson has offered Mrs. Miller half of any wrongful death recovery if she will stop challenging the validity of his wedding.
"Aric has made this settlement offer not because Lisa Miller had a valid legal claim — she does not — but rather because he is a generous person and, of course, would prefer to avoid painful, public litigation over the validity of his marriage to Sam," Wooten insisted.