Turning car hits Albany youth, keeps going

Witnesses described the car as an older, white "boxy" SUV, possibly a Jeep Cherokee

A surveillance image of the car suspected of hitting a boy in a crosswalk. (Albany Police)

ALBANY, Ore. (KOIN) — Tyler Miller was on his way home from a skatepark in Albany Monday night. He waited for the signal before crossing and nearly made it to the other side when he was hit by an SUV that was turning right.

The 12-year-old was crossing in a crosswalk at SE Geary Street and SE Santiam Road. Luckily, he had his helmet and knee pads on but he was thrown to the ground and felt the tires on his ankle, legs and hip.

Investigators say the older, white “boxy” SUV, possibly a Jeep, sped off and left Tyler in the road.

Tyler Miller (with his father) was hit by a car in Albany that kept on going, July 18, 2017 (KOIN)
Tyler Miller (with his father) was hit by a car in Albany that kept on going, July 18, 2017 (KOIN)

“They were going to hit me straight on but I pushed away from the car and I ended up in a sitting position and then they drove over my legs and then they swerved away and drove off very fast,” Tyler told KOIN 6 News.

“I was very scared and mad that someone would just, like, drive over me and notice that happened and not even care and still continue driving away.”

Tyler was rushed to the hospital. He suffered road rash, some painful bruising and lost a fingernail, but no bones were broken.

“My legs hurt a lot and I have road rash all on my back that hurts, and my finger and just my ankle hurts a lot because that was ran over,” he said. “I have tire marks all over my shoe.”

Family members said they’re just grateful his injuries aren’t any worse. He’s expected to make a full recovery.

“I’m glad you’re good though,” his dad said as he kissed Tyler.

Witnesses told police about the car but weren’t able to provide a description of the driver. Officials on Tuesday obtained and shared a surveillance image of the car.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Albany Police Department.