Fatal hit-and-run with moped caught on camera

By Jack Kuenzie - bio | email

LEXINGTON, SC (WIS) - Authorities are trying to figure out who struck and killed a moped driver early Monday morning near a busy Lexington County intersection early Monday morning.

Lexington County Coroner Harry O. Harman said 37-year-old Hiram Juarez Miller of Lexington was killed when the moped he was driving was hit by an unknown truck around 3:30 a.m. at the intersection of South Lake Drive and Industrial Boulevard.

Surveillance video taken from a nearby Shell station shows Miller stopped at the light before the truck hit him from behind. The truck sped off after the wreck without stopping.

Miller was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Miller's family said he was a kitchen manager for a local restaurant, and was riding the moped to save money on gas.

"He had the biggest heart, and that's what everyone will remember when they think about him," said Omaira Ramos, Miller's girlfriend. "I want to be able to look at my daughter and give her some kind of comfort, despite all the hurt that has happened to her."

Evidence at the scene indicates that the vehicle involved is a full-size pick-up truck with lights on top, unknown make and color. Judging by the video, the truck may have damage to the front end.

"Whatever happened happened, but at least show you care about ending a life," said Miller's mother, Gwendolyn Miller.

South Carolina Highway Patrol MAIT officers are helping Lexington police and the South Carolina Highway Patrol with the crash investigation.

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