WILKES-BARRE – Three business owners in Luzerne County have anonymously donated $1,500 to a reward fund for tips leading to the arrest of the hit-and-run driver that resulted in the death of a 5-year-old boy.
Detectives said Kevin Miller was leaving a Christmas party with his family last Friday when he was struck by a car, which sped away on West North Street.
Bob Kadluboski of City Wide Towing helped organize the fund and told Newswatch 16 that he is optimistic that a reward will help police find the driver.
"The police need a hand on this. Everyone is taking this one really personally. I myself have been looking for days,” said Kadluboski. “There’s just a ton of red Pontiacs. Somebody out there knows something."
Wilkes-Barre police officers released a new image from a surveillance camera on North Pennsylvania Avenue and said that the car in question is a red, four-door Pontiac with a sunroof and without a rear spoiler.
Capt. Robert Hughes said officers throughout Luzerne County have stopped and questioned more than a dozen people driving cars matching that description.
"It's probably one of the toughest investigations to solve, but we feel if we're persistent, we'll eventually find the person who did this,” said Hughes. “Some of (the first responders) took it pretty tough. It's hard to see that, but it's also strengthened their resolve to find the person who did this."
According to a sign on the front door and a message left on the answering machine, the dentist office that Miller’s father and uncle work at on Carey Avenue is closed until further notice as the family grieves.
Donations for the Kevin Miller reward fund are being accepted at all First National Community Bank branches, or can be mailed to 23 W. Market Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.
Anyone with information on the hit-and-run investigation is urged to call (570) 826-8106.