SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - A memorial sits at the intersection of Webber Street and Nodosa Drive in Sarasota. That’s where Roman Miller was struck and killed by a vehicle. Thursday the woman responsible for his death received her punishment.
Charity Lamb will lose her license for six months, pay a $1,000 fine and go to 12 hours of traffic school. The 25-year-old hit the third grade student with her pickup truck in May, killing him. The 9-year-old was riding his bicycle to Brentwood Elementary School with his sister.
Troopers say Miller and his sister were biking west on Webber, beginning to cross Nodosa. Miller, who was wearing a helmet, was dragged around 15 feet when he was struck by the truck as Lamb attempted to turn onto Webber after first stopping at the stop sign on Nodosa.
Lamb remained on scene and cooperated with investigators. She told troopers she saw Roman Miller’s sister and waved her by at the stop sign, but she did not see the 9-year-old boy.
“The hardest part is every once in awhile I’ll see something that reminds me of him and like now I start choking up and I miss him,” said Terry Miller.
Miller tells us the judge went too easy on Lamb, saying her punishment should’ve been much greater because she has a history of traffic citations. For hitting and killing Roman, she was charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian.
“It should’ve been a few years suspension, and time in jail because of her background,” said Miller.
Miller says he remembers the good times when he and his grandson would do metal detecting at the beach. Miller even took in Roman’s dog Blue after he died. Now the entire family is left with just memories of a life cut way too short.
“Him being the kind young man that he was, he was always helpful with his friends," said Miller. "Many of his friends I’ve talked to, they all say how much of a helper he was and how thoughtful he was.”
The Millers have filed a lawsuit against Lamb.