Supporters Watch As Senate Passes "Kevin's Law"

Published 06/30 2014 05:10PM

Updated 06/30 2014 05:44PM

Harrisburg, Dauphin County - A bill that would toughen the penalties on hit-and-run drivers is one step from becoming a law in Pennsylvania.

On Monday the Senate passed Senate Bill 1312, or "Kevin's Law".

Supporters of the law left Wilkes-Barre for Harrisburg looking to push for stricter hit-and-run penalties. Dressed in yellow t-shirts they arrived in Harrisburg with 5-year-old Kevin Miller on their mind.

"I'll never forget the days after Kevin was killed," Caroline Miller, Kevin's mother, said. "(I was) wondering who could have done this? Who would flee the scene after hitting a 5-year-old boy."

Miller was killed while he was crossing a Wilkes-Barre street with his family in 2012. The driver took off and was eventually arrested.

Kevin's family has been pushing to change to the law, requiring a mandatory three year prison sentence for hit and run deaths. As it stands the minimum sentence for that crime is one year in prison.

"It's never going to bring him back but perhaps we could save another family from going through the heartache," Caroline Miller said.

On Friday the state House house passed "Kevin's Law" with an almost unanimous vote.

A bus load of supporters joined the Miller family in Harrisburg on Monday as they urged the Senate to take similar action.

"You can tell that everyone is behind us," Stephen Miller, Kevin's father, said. "When you go online and talk to people in the street they say to me 'I can't imagine why this hasn't been passed before'."

Senator Lisa Baker, a R-20th District, told Eyewitness News she supports the Miller's efforts.

"We are taking a step today to close what is egregious, in my judgement, and to ensure that people are not getting a break," she said.

In a private meeting with the Miller family, Governor Tom Corbett told them he plans to sign the bill.

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