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2007-01-11

Accident claims life of Lakehills Woman

By Stephanie Day

Witnesses say that Joan E. Miller, 69, of Lakehills was killed Saturday, Dec. 30, in an attempt to save a cat.

She was crossing SH 16 two miles south of Pipe Creek (in front of the Barrel House) on foot when she was struck by a vehicle.
Bandera County Department of Public Safety Trooper Glenn Scales handled the accident scene and wrote the report.
According to Scales’ report, Miller was crossing SH 16 at 7:30 p.m. in a posted 65-mile-an-hour zone when she was struck by a 2004 Dodge pickup truck driven by Sherman Kline of Tarpley.

The investigation into the accident continues but at this time, no charges are pending against Kline.

Scales’ report stated that Miller was struck by the vehicle at 7:30 p.m. and died 20 minutes later. She was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Lynn Holt. Her body was taken to Grimes Funeral Chapel in Kerrville.

According to Scales, it was dark but the weather was dry. The pickup truck was northbound, headed toward Bandera. Miller entered the roadway from the driver’s left and was struck by the front right of the truck. She was thrown clear after impact and came to rest on the east side of the road in a drainage ditch.
Witness accounts varied, consensus is that Miller entered the roadway chasing a cat-whether or not it was her cat or whether or not the animal was injured is not known-but all agree that Miller was attempting to rescue the animal.

The Lakehills woman moved to the area in 1986 and was a beautician. She is survived by Bruce Miller of Lakehills, daughter Stephanie Novak of Lakehills, son Victor Morgan of Seguin, a sister and a grandson.

The family requested that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Hill Country Animal Defense League in Boerne.