Community rallies for teen hurt in hit-and-run

By Stephen Betts | Aug 14, 2019
Photo by: Stephen Betts Emily Miller, pictured with her mother and stepfather, Julie and Glen Hilt, attended a benefit auction held Wednesday, Aug. 14, at Trackside Station in Rockland.

Rockland — The community turned out Wednesday evening, Aug. 14, to support a 16-year-old girl who was seriously injured last month when she was struck by a vehicle whose driver failed to stop.

Emily Miller was the guest of honor at a benefit organized by Amanda Emerson and Stacy Brown and held at Trackside Station in Rockland.

Miller suffered a broken pelvis, broken ankle, broken wrist, an injured knee, and a torn anterior cruciate ligament from the July 22 hit-and-run. She had three screws and a metal plate inserted to hold her pelvis together, and a screw in her ankle.

At the event, Miller said she was feeling pretty good. She will begin her junior year at Oceanside High School in Rockland next month.

Her stepfather, Glen Hilt, said the community support has been important in lifting Miller's spirits.

"When she got out of surgery and saw how many people were showing they cared, she was blown away," he said.

Items for the auction were donated by community members and Trackside donated space in its restaurant for the benefit.

Miller, who lives in South Thomaston, was taking photographs of a caterpillar along the side of Route 206 -- also known as West Washington Road -- when she was struck.

A passerby, a stranger, found the girl six minutes later. This occurred near where her father, Scott Miller, lives.

The hit-and-run occurred at about 9:15 a.m. She was taken to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport and then to Maine Medical Center in Portland.

Miller did not see the vehicle that struck her. No one has come forward to admit they were driving the vehicle.

Knox County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Patrick Polky said Aug. 13 that the detective division is working diligently to try to resolve this case. He said officers have been tracking down every tip passed on to the department by the public.

But, he said, as yet there have been no substantial developments in the case since the incident occurred.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Knox County Sheriff's Department Detective Dwight Burtis at 594-0429, ext. 722.

Miller is using a wheelchair and the family has incurred medical expenses not covered by insurance as well as related costs, such as modifying their home.

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