PARKER, Colo. (CBS4)– Deputies arrested the woman they believe struck a boy in Parker and then sped away from the scene, leaving the victim with serious injuries including a fractured skull.
Kimberley Miller was arrested late Tuesday night. Investigators say her vehicle matched the description of the suspect vehicle and also had damage consistent with striking a pedestrian.
Investigators issued a Medina Alert Tuesday afternoon for the hit and run, which happened at 11:42 a.m. at the intersection of Stonegate Parkway and Creekview Drive.
“A little girl screamed and I ran over from my house about 100 yards away and I saw a lady over a young boy who was bleeding out of his head,” said witness John Spiliotis.
The 11-year-old victim had been hanging out with friends at a lemonade stand before he was hit. In addition to his head wound, he suffered serious injuries up and down the left side of his body. He remained in the hospital on Wednesday.
“I just saw one of the little girls yelling ‘Help!’ and one of the moms down on the ground and came running and he was face down in the road… He’s doing well, all things considered by the grace of God he’s doing well,” said the victim’s mother Alison Love.
Deputies started searching for a white, 4-door Lexus CT200, 2016/2017 model year with a black stripe and an either damaged or broken passenger side mirror.
Deputies investigated a license plate number obtained from a witness who spotted the suspect vehicle traveling near Interstate 25 and Belleview Avenue. The witness called authorities and described the white Lexus as having damage consistent with that of news reports describing the suspect vehicle.
Dispatch operators were able to obtain the Colorado license plate number which matched that of a Lexus that is registered to the owners identified as Kevin and Kimberley Miller.
Deputies obtained the address for the Millers and attempted make contact at the home but no one was there.
According to the arrest documents from Douglas County, at 8:20 p.m. Tuesday, deputies observed the Lexus belonging to the Millers traveling east on Ridgegate Parkway at South Peoria Street.
The deputy pulled over the Lexus for not having headlights on. The deputy stated in the arrest document that the Lexus had damage to the front passenger side and the passenger side mirror, which had been repaired with duct tape.
Miller, 49, was driving the vehicle and told the deputy that the damage occurred when she was backing out of her garage but could not tell him when that happened or when the mirror was repaired with duct tape.
Love said she is dismayed by the apparent facts of the case.
“We’re trying to teach (my son) the right thing to do in life and I want him to grow up not having poor faith in mankind,” she told CBS4.
The damage to the vehicle and duct tape repair job could be seen during the traffic stop on Tuesday night.
Miller had her husband’s secretary on the cellphone during the traffic stop. She said her husband was out of town in Texas for work. She told the deputy she left her home at 10 a.m. Tuesday to meet a client in Cherry Creek at noon but could not tell the deputy the client’s name or phone number.
She then told the deputy she wanted a lawyer and she was taken into custody and transported to the Douglas County Jail.
Miller faces charges of failure to remain at the scene after an accident involving serious bodily injury, failure to notify police of accident, careless driving causing bodily injury and operating a motor vehicle with defective/missing headlamps.
Miller appeared in Douglas County court via video conference where the judge set her bond at $5,000. She posted bond and was released on Wednesday afternoon.