Passenger killed in crash is identified

Man, 21, owned car that police said was involved in 3 hit-and-runs

August 23, 2002|By Josh Mitchell | Josh Mitchell,SUN STAFF

The city man who died Wednesday night after being thrown from a car that slammed into a downtown street-light pole was a 21-year-old U.S. Navy reservist visiting his wife from the naval base in Norfolk, Va.

Cornelious Herbert Miller of the 5600 block of Plymouth Road was a passenger in an Acura Legend that became involved in three hit-and-run collisions before crashing into a pole at Lexington Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard. Miller, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the car and crashed head-first into a nearby traffic-light pole. He died at the scene, city police said.

Jeffrey Miller, 27, his cousin and the alleged driver, was released from Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday, a hospital spokesman said. The investigating officer said that Jeffrey Miller, of the 3400 block of Woodstock Ave., has no driver's license and that the car belonged to Cornelious Miller. No charges have been filed, and the state's attorney will review the case, the officer said.

Cornelious Miller returned home last week for a 10-day visit with his wife, Calandra Miller, 22, and their 1-year-old daughter, Aniya. He also was a father figure to Calandra Miller's 4-year-old son, Ashaunti Dew, and the family had made a trip to Kings Dominion this week.

"He was fun-loving and he was a leader," said Calandra Miller, who married her husband in January.

Calandra Miller said her husband was studying to be an engineer while serving on the USS Nicholson. He joined the Naval Reserve three years ago. Born in Baltimore, Miller was raised here by his grandparents and graduated from Walbrook High School.

"He strived real hard," said Willie Miller Jr., Miller's uncle. "He wanted something out of life. He always reached for higher goals."

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