Hit And Run Death Of 5 Year Old Boy Moves Others To Action

By Andy Mehalshick

Published 05/06 2014 06:31PM

Updated 05/06 2014 07:01PM

Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County- The hit and run death of 5 year old Kevin Miller in Wilkes-Barre in 2012 has touched many people across Northeastern Pennsylvania and has moved them to support the Miller's family efforts to toughen Pennsylvania's hit and run laws--   Miller was struck and killed as he crossed a Wilkes-Barre street with his family in December of 2012.

Thomas Letteer of Plains Township pleaded guilty to a charge of "accidents involving death and injury" and was sentenced to 2 to 5 years in prison--he could have faced only one year in prison--Prosecutors could not charge him with Homicide by Vehicle DUI since they could not prove he was intoxicated-- Miller's mother Caroline Miller is pushing for a mandatory minimum sentence that is the same as the Homicide by Vehicle DUI which is a three year prison term--  Darla and Daniel Carey of Wilkes-Barre launched an on-line petition effort to urge lawmakers to toughen the hit and run law-- Darla Carey said, "I heard Caroline Miller on TV after the sentencing and felt what could I do--what could I do?--This is something that will mean something to families in the future--we had more than 2000 supporters within 48 hours of the on-line petition--"  Daniel Carey added, "There is a lot to be said for a louder voice and a stronger appeal to lawmakers--"

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