Teen charged with hitting classmate

Phoebe Miller

February 5, 2010 9:30:45 PM PST
Raleigh police are investigating an accident involving two high school students.The accident happened just after 7 a.m. Friday as students were rushing to class at Athens Drive High.

Police say 14-year-old Phoebe Miller was hit by a Jeep at the cross walk. She is the daughter of one of the assistant principals at the school.

Dr. Steven Miller says he and his daughter walk to school every day, but Friday morning she was running 20 minutes late.

Police say the 16-year-old driver who hit Phoebe was traveling 10 miles over the speed limit.

Dr. Miller says he is still shaken after having lived through every parent's nightmare - at first he didn't know it was his daughter.

"But as I got closer, I realized that there was a tiny body laying in the crosswalk and I just had a sense at that point that it was my daughter," Miller said.

Phoebe Miller suffered serious injuries. She was taken to Wake Med where she's recovering from several factures.

"She has a broken jaw that was broken in several places that's now been reconstructed, her jaw is wired shut," Miller said.

The injuries to her face are serious.

"As I look at her, the right side of her face is her face, the left side of her face has sustained so much damage right now and she's so swollen, that if I had to look at that picture, I would not recognize her right now," Miller said. "Literally, if she had been six inches further into the lane where she was struck, she would probably not be with us today."

That's why Dr. Miller wants to see the city take steps to make the crosswalk safer.

"Every few years there's somebody that's bumped or hit or injured there, but we about lost somebody and it just so happens to be my daughter this time, I think it's really time to look at it," Miller said.

Dr. Miller says his daughter has a long recovery ahead of her, but she's expected to be okay.

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