(EDITOR’S NOTE: In this raw video, Floyd Miller, the father of one of the Amish victims hit by the hit-and-run driver, tells Stacey Page and WSBT-TV reporter Denise Bohn, what his son said about Saturday night’s accident. Miller is Amish so his picture is not shown.)The father of one of the Amish boys involved in a hit and run crash in Warsaw Saturday night that killed a horse was shocked to learn from reporters today that police are discounting the boys’ statements.
In a press release issued by Warsaw Police Department today, police seem to try and discredit a news report by StaceyPageOnline.com saying no witnesses at the scene indicated the act was intentional.
During an on-camera interview with WSBT-TV, Stacey Page and Channel 22 news reporter Denise Bohn were approached by a vehicle with passenger Floyd Miller inside. Miller asked where the trailer was being stored.
Page asked Miller if he knew any of the victims, to which he responded, “One is my son.”
Page and Bohn asked Miller if he would agree to an interview, which he did. In that interview, Miller said his son, 17-year-old Andrew Miller, was driving the horse-drawn vehicle that night. He also said Andrew said it appeared to be intentional (See video).
When asked if his son believed the act was deliberate, Floyd Miller responded, “Yeah. Yeah. He passed them from behind first, then came up here into the (Walmart) parking lot, made a U-turn and came back. They said first he swerved a little bit, then he came back in and gunned it.”
The horse, 6-year-old Jenny, died immediately. The boys on the wagon were all thrown upon impact but suffered only minor injuries. Floyd Miller said they are all sore today, but otherwise fine.
Miller also said he had no idea why the suspect, identified as Francisco J. Gonzalez, 24, of 704 Southside Dr., Warsaw. As of this afternoon, Gonzalez was still not in police custody.
As you can hear from the video, Miller was not even aware of the suspect’s name or the charges he faced.