‘Be a man!’: Va. Beach mom wants hit-and-run driver to surrender

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Julie Miller says her son would rather not talk about getting hit by a truck in Red Mill, but she is determined to find the driver who left the 27-year-old injured on the side of road.

“Every time I see him walk across the room with that walker it breaks my heart,” said Miller. “I feel grateful my son wasn’t killed.”

The accident happened on Aug. 30 around noon, according to the Virginia Beach Police Department. Miller says her son had just taken a break from his job at Red Robin and was crossing Nimmo Parkway, near Upton Drive, when he was hit.

“My son has accepted the fact that the man won’t be caught and he is of the belief that karma will get him. I haven’t accepted that,” said Miller.

The driver of the dark green pick-up truck, identified by police as a white man in his 30s or 40s with a salt and pepper beard, got out of his car after the accident and helped the victim to the sidewalk, according to Miller. She says the driver then left the scene in his vehicle before help arrived.

A man driving behind the pick-up truck got out and waited with Miller’s son until medics showed up.

Miller says cameras in the area either were not recording or produced poor quality images.  

She is hopeful that someone who heard about the accident or saw it happen will call police with information. Better yet, she hopes the man who took off will surrender.

“I want him to turn himself in and take responsibility for what he did,” said Miller. “Be a man. Be a good human being.”

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