News Feature

Surry
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, August 21, 2014
Pedestrian killed during morning walk in Surry
Vision “obscured by sun,” said driver

by Faith DeAmbrose

James Miekka, 54, of Surry was struck and killed while walking with his guide dog for the visually impaired, on the Toddy Pond Road in Surry shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday, August 19.

According to information provided by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Miekka was walking north in the southbound lane when he was struck by Robert Elliott, 27, also of Surry. Elliott, who was driving a 2003 Ford Expedition, was traveling south on the road and “stopped immediately and rendered first aid to the victim.”

Miekka was pronounced dead at the scene. The seeing-eye-dog is okay, according to information obtained from the sheriff’s office, and is currently being cared for.

Elliott told police that his “vision was obscured by the sun.”

The cause and contributing factors of the accident remain under investigation, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

The primary investigating officer is Deputy Shane Campbell; he was assisted at the scene by Deputy Luke Gross, Deputy Jeffrey McFarland, and Lt. Timothy Cote of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office. Also assisting at the scene was the Surry Fire Department. The accident remains under investigation and will be reconstructed by Deputy McFarland.