Mason officer struck while directing church traffic

| March 1, 2010

MASON — Mason police now have a description of a woman who hit a Mason police officer while he directed traffic at St. Susanna Catholic Church over the weekend.

Officer Scott Miller of Fairfield Twp. is recovering at home after being struck by a vehicle attempting to go around him as he directed traffic in front of St. Susanna Church at around 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28.

Police Chief Mike Kelly said the woman in question actually pulled her silver four-door car over after she struck Miller and got out of her car briefly before fleeing the scene at 616 Reading Road.

Lt. Jeff Burson said Miller was clipped by the vehicle, “striking the back of his legs and back.”

Miller had the southbound traffic on Reading Road stopped and was attempting to stop the northbound traffic when the woman was turning left out of the church parking lot.

The driver left the scene before officers arrived.

Miller was transported to West Chester Medical Center by ambulance, Burson said. He was released just before 8 p.m. Sunday.

Miller was seriously injured in May 2008 when an SUV went airborne and landed on top of his police cruiser. He spent 14 months rehabilitating a broken back. He returned to work on July 8, 2009.

Kelly said he is being “protective” of his officer today and will leave it up to him if he wants to talk about the accident. But two injuries in the line of duty have to be tough, Kelly said.

“He fought hard to get back to where he could assume the responsibilities of a police officer again, very successfully so, but only after a lot of medical work and wherewithal on his part and his family’s part,” Kelly said. “You can imagine his first thought when he was hit with this car was ‘oh my goodness what’s going to happen to my repaired back’.”

Anyone with information on the accident is asked to call (513) 925-2525.

 

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