HANOVER TWP. – A Lee Park resident got a surprise when he opened his door and was greeted by police from the township and Wilkes-Barre late Friday morning.
Police were interested in his red Pontiac Bonneville parked in front of his apartment.
The vehicle closely resembled a car city police believe struck and killed 5-year-old Kevin Miller as he crossed West North Street with his father the night of Dec. 21.
Hawkeye and private surveillance cameras recorded a red vehicle, possibly a Pontiac sedan, on Jackson Street and North Pennsylvania Boulevard minutes after the young boy was struck.
City police said the red car has a sunroof and moon roof and may have front end damage.
A township police officer spotted a red Pontiac Bonneville with four doors, a sunroof and moon roof with light damage to the front bumper parked in front of a house on Lee Park Avenue.
City police Detective Charles Jensen, Luzerne County Detective Chris Lynch and several city and township patrol officers spent several minutes examining the vehicle before knocking on the man's door. Authorities spent nearly 15 minutes inside the apartment. They left saying the Pontiac Bonneville is not the car involved in the investigation.
City police earlier examined a red Pontiac Grand Am on North Hancock Street on Friday, only to quickly rule it out because the car did not have a sunroof.
The two vehicles are among dozens of red Pontiac sedans in the area that have been examined during the last week.
The Times Leader is not identifying the man since police ruled out his vehicle.
I was scared, the man said afterwards of seeing police at his apartment.
He said an illness keeps him homebound nearly every day, and he only drives his Pontiac to the bank and appointments with physicians.
LAG Towing and Transport owner Leo Glodzik III and City Wide Towing & Repair owner Bob Kadluboski have separately set up reward funds for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person who struck Kevin.
Glodzik established his fund at PNC Bank and donated $1,000, and Kadluboski said three businesses he declined to name pledged $1,500 at First National Community Bank.
Kevin's uncle, John Miller, stated in an email:
We appreciate Mr. Glodzik's and Mr. Kadluboski's gesture and those of you who contributed. We hope it assists the city and state law enforcement agencies. However, Kevin would be better memorialized by contributing to your local library because he loved to read, the theater for his love of singing and dancing, to the volunteers in medicine and dentistry so children don't suffer in poor health; to your local police, fire and ambulance, so they may have the funds to do their good deeds.
When the hype of this tragic accident fades from the public eye, our family will see the results of these actions and know that Kevin Miller made our world a better place.