Guilty Plea For Hit and Run That Killed A Child

WILKES-BARRE — A man admitted in court that he killed a boy in a hit and run crash in Luzerne County.

That guilty plea in the hit and run death of a 5 year old comes one week before the case was scheduled to go to trial.

Thomas Letteer admitted in court that he was behind the wheel of the car that hit and killed Kevin Miller.

This guilty plea comes more than a year after the 5 year old was killed when leaving a Christmas party with his family in Wilkes-Barre.

Thomas Letteer, 23, from Plains Township tried ignoring the cameras and questions as he walked into the Luzerne County Courthouse with his family Monday afternoon.

He pleaded guilty and agreed to a charge of accidents involving personal injury or death.

He also agreed to pay $27,000 to cover the cost of the investigation and prosecution.

But there is no deal on jail time.

The judge said Letteer could be sentenced up to 10 years in state prison.

Kevin Miller, age 5, was killed just days before Christmas in 2012 on West North Street in Wilkes-Barre.

The car Letteer was driving belonged to his father.  Police found it a month later after an extensive search throughout the Wyoming Valley.

Kevin Miller’s family is suing Letteer and his father in civil court. They want damages of more than $50,000 for the traumatic loss of their son.

There is a gag order in this case so no one can talk about the guilty plea until after sentencing  which is scheduled for May 1.

Letteer remains free on bail.

10 comments

  • Ann

    The little boy who was a twin was crossing the street with his parents. His dad was holding his hand. As they stepped onto the curb the car SPED around the corner up on the curb and hit the boy knocking him out of his fathers hand. And the man had been at a bar drinking. None of you must watch the news or read the paper.

    • Eric

      Are you a moron? Really how can you be that stupid? Maybe he was crossing the street or something similar. Are you suggesting it was the child’s fault? Sounds like it to me. Why was a 5 year old in the street? You obviously have never met or been around a child in your entire life. They can be fearless, with no regard for possible harm to themselves. You turn your head for one second and they are gone.

      • MisterPL

        Were you replying to “Curious” or was that rant directed toward Kevin’s parents?

        Per Kevin’s father’s testimony:

        “As I was stepping onto the curb, I felt Kevin leave my hand and I heard a thud. I looked to where he was and I saw a red car speeding away.”

        They were crossing the street, with Dr. Miller holding his son’s hand. There’s no evidence of any negligence on the part of the parents. This wasn’t a case of a child running into the street unaccompanied. The collision literally ripped the child from his father’s grip.

      • Eric

        MisterPL when a person replies to a comment, they are obviously replying to that comment they comment under and towards that person. Do you not see how the replies are offset on the left margin to distinguish them from one another. My comment was clearly towards Curious, you need to get better at reading English. lol.

      • MisterPL

        You may want to take your own advice, Eric. You call “Curious” a “moron” and “stupid” yet go on to bolster their argument.

        The part of your rant that read, “You obviously have never met or been around a child in your entire life. They can be fearless, with no regard for possible harm to themselves. You turn your head for one second and they are gone,” could just as easily be leveled at negligent parents or the child himself.

        Obviously you failed to see that. Glad you’re not blaming the father, though.

  • krystle

    This sickens me, 10 years for taking the life of a child…. come on people what has this world come to?

    • MisterPL

      It was an accident.

      Yes, the guy’s a coward for not coming forward sooner but that’s what the restitution is about; repaying the taxpayers for the duration of the investigation. He’s young and scared and he’ll have to live with the consequences of his actions for the rest of his life as a cautionary tale.

      Of course the Miller family will never be adequately compensated but they’re seeking damages in a civil suit.

      Rest in peace, Kevin.

      • Jane

        I totally agree with you…it was an accident. He is young and scared and did not know what to do.

        I am not blaming the father, but why was his son behind him and not in front of him. It was a bad night out weather wise from what I understand.

      • MisterPL

        Had the child been in front of his father and been hit, people would be asking “Why would a parent push a kid out into traffic first?”

        Had the child been next to his father, they may have both been hit.

        I’m more interested in knowing why the guy didn’t see the child. Was he drunk? Distracted? I’m glad Letteer’s finally admitting guilt but as a parent, I’d still want to know more.

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