Edmonds boy involved in Monday evening hit and run

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by Zahid Arab

NWCN.com

Posted on December 12, 2012 at 11:37 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 13 at 12:39 AM

The family of an Edmonds teens hit by a car and left on the side of the road wants answers. It happened just before 5pm on Monday near the intersection of 92nd Ave West and 221st Street SW.

Police hope surveillance video from the incident will lead them to the hit and run driver.

“It was so quick and so sudden,” said Miler Haller, the 15-year-old victim.

Haller was walking home from school when someone in a truck hit him and took off.

“He knew he hit me. Next thing I know I was on the ground, a neighbor jogs over saying are you alright?,” said Haller.

The truck’s side mirror hit Miler. He was rushed to Swedish Hospital where he was treated for a concussion and bruises to his face and shoulder.

“It’s infuriating,” said Brian Robertson, a family friend.

The teen’s family says the surveillance video from a neighbor’s home is tough to watch.

“It causes your body to start shaking and your eyes to start welling up,” said Robertson.

Family friend Carol Rother can’t bring herself to look at it. She called every area body shop, warning them to be on the lookout for a truck missing a side mirror. She also drives around early mornings and late afternoons looking for it.

“The person knows what they’ve done, they know they’ve hit something or somebody,” said Carol Rother, the victim’s mother.

Rother says her son was at the wrong place at the wrong time. He stayed longer after school that day to tutor a friend, even walking a different way home to make sure they were safe.

“Maybe it was a deaf driver and they didn’t hear the loud crash. Maybe they were on the phone, I guess there is a small percentage chance the person doesn’t know,” said Robertson.

As the reasons why this happened race through the minds of his family, the Edmonds-Woodway High School soccer and cross country standout says his black eye will heal, but other scars won’t.

“Every time I see a car go by, I’m looking at it and glancing to see if it’s a truck or not,” said Haller.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a light-colored, possibly gold Ford F-150 truck with a club cab.

Police can’t make out the license plate from the video, they’re hoping someone in the community can help point them to the driver.
 
 

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