Driver Charged in WOC Hit-and-Run

WEST OCEAN CITY — A local elderly woman, who was confirmed last month as a person of interest in connection with a hit-and-run accident involving a pedestrian on Route 611, was charged last week with negligent driving.
Around 5:45 p.m. on Nov. 16, the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Route 611 near Frontier Town for a reported pedestrian struck by a vehicle. Upon arrival, sheriff’s deputies located the victim, who had been able to get himself off the roadway and call 911.
The victim told police he was walking north on the shoulder of Route 611 when he was struck from behind by a vehicle. The victim was unable to provide any further information about the vehicle, except that it continued north on Route 611. There were no other witnesses to the incident.
From evidence collected at the scene, sheriff’s deputies were able to determine the suspect vehicle was a dark red GM passenger car that would be missing passenger side mirror and would have possible passenger side damage. The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries received during the collision, but no update of his condition has been made public. However, the Dispatch learned later week the victim’s injuries might have been more serious than first believed and that he might lose a leg.
The driver fled the scene, touching off an investigation into the damaged vehicle’s whereabouts. The following Monday afternoon, the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office announced it had identified and located person of interest. That Wednesday, the sheriff’s office reported the person of interest had been identified as Dolores Jean Miles, 92, of Berlin.
Miles contacted police on Nov. 18 in reference to being involved in an accident two days earlier on Route 611 near Frontier Town. Worcester County Sheriff’s deputies were then able to match evidence recovered at the scene to Miles’ vehicle, a 2009 maroon Pontiac passenger car.
Last week, Miles was formally charged with negligently driving in a careless and imprudent manner endangering property, life and person.