WILKES-BARRE -- While other families gathered in celebration this Christmas Eve, the Miller family gathered in mourning to lay to rest 5-year-old Kevin Miller of Dallas, the victim of a fatal hit and run in Wilkes-Barre.
‚??While most prepared for Christmas Day, our Family laid Kevin to rest,‚?Ě the family said in its first public statement since the hit-and-run accident. ‚??Instead of wrapping presents, we will be holding hands and wiping tears. We feel the extreme grief for all those involved.‚?Ě
Kevin Miller was struck and killed by a vehicle, believed to be a red Pontiac Grand Am, while walking with his parents on West North Street at approximately 10:55 p.m. Friday. Police are searching for the driver, who fled the scene.
The day after Kevin‚??s funeral, his uncle, John Miller, released a statement on behalf of the family thanking emergency responders and others who have offered support.
‚??We would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers,‚?Ě the family said. ‚??Many have offered their services to help in any way. To this extent we reply. Please support your local and state law enforcement agencies and first response teams. These men and women who sacrifice their lives and time for us in our time of need. Send your aid to them as they work diligently through this holiday and every day.‚?Ě
The family also encouraged anyone with information about the vehicle that struck Kevin Miller to contact police.
‚??If anyone has any information, please ‚??pay it forward‚?Ě and bring closure to what was a wonderful life,‚?Ě they said.
Capt. Robert Hughes of the Wilkes-Barre Police Department said the department is working ‚??around the clock‚?Ě and has followed up on numerous leads, but has not yet found the suspect vehicle.
‚??So far nothing has panned out, but we‚??re following up on every tip and every lead we get,‚?Ě Hughes said.
Police are certain the red car captured by surveillance cameras on Jackson Street and elsewhere around the time of the accident is the vehicle that struck Miller, Hughes said. Surveillance images released by police show a red sedan with a sun or moon roof, possibly a Grand Am.
Police believe the vehicle might have front end or side damage from the accident.
‚??We definitely know what the car looks like,‚?Ě Hughes said. ‚??It‚??s just a matter of either somebody coming forward or us coming across the car.‚?Ě
In addition to disseminating photos of the car through the media, police have also sent surveillance video of the suspect vehicle to be enhanced.
While there were numerous witnesses to the accident, none was able to read the vehicle‚??s license plate number, Hughes said.
He said police have had daily contact with the Miller family.
‚??We are doing everything we can possibly do to find the person that did this,‚?Ě he said.