INDIANAPOLIS — Court documents reveal a woman driving home after dropping off her sister at the airport ran over 59-year-old Carol Miller, resulting in her untimely death.
The court documents detail what police found out about the 7100 block of East Troy Avenue hit and run that happened on March 18. That day proved to be dangerous, with five people killed in separate incidents.
In the 7100 block of East Troy Avenue hit and run, officers arrived to find Miller unresponsive. She died at the scene. Police were able to identify a suspect vehicle in the case.
In the court documents, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department states a detective found the vehicle near the intersection of Fox Glen Drive and Copper Hill Drive. Pieces recovered at the scene matched the vehicle.
When a tow truck arrived to take the vehicle for further investigation, the court document states a woman named Michaela Voyles came out to ask what was going on. When police asked her if she knew anything about the crash, she reportedly denied knowing anything.
Michaela’s mother also walked up to the scene. That is when the court document states Voyles told her mother, “Mom, they are about to lock me up.”
Police and the two women went to Voyles’ mother’s home to talk about what was going on. After learning that she ran over someone, and that person died, Voyles told the police her story.
Voyles dropped her sister off at the airport early that morning. On her way back, she got off Southeastern Avenue. The court document states she claimed she did not know she hit someone.
Police were able to confirm that Voyles dropped someone off at the airport. Social media photos from her sister also confirmed that story.
The court document states that a witness in the case told police that the vehicle Voyles was driving was weaving in and out of traffic erratically. The driver approached the witness quickly, attempting to pass them several times.
Eventually, the court document states, the driver sped around the witness as they were beginning to turn onto East Troy Avenue. The witness saw a woman walking and the driver hit the pedestrian at a high rate of speed before continuing without stopping.
Voyles was charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death or catastrophic injury. An initial hearing in the case took place Monday. A bail review hearing is set for Wednesday.
The morning of Miller’s death also saw two other deadly hit-and-run crashes around Indianapolis.
Chris Seiler was found severely wounded on the same stretch of Troy the same morning. Seiler died four days later in the hospital. William Dixon has been charged in connection to that death.
“If you cause an accident, you should stop. Clearly that’s the right thing to do,” said Charles Miller.
Carol Miller’s son just wishes drivers would be more careful behind the wheel.
“Don’t get tunnel vision. You need to keep aware of your surroundings, not only people walking, but other drivers,” said Miller.
“The law wants you to stop and render air because you could potentially save someone’s life,” said prosecutor Ryan Mears.
Marion County prosecutor Ryan Mears hopes the charges serve as a lesson to drivers everywhere.
He also hopes someone speaks up to help solve a third death the same morning on east 21st street where 7-year-old Sevion Sanford died after being hit by two cars near his bus stop.
No arrests have been made in that case.
“Hopefully people are morally motivated to do the right thing and help out,” said Mears. “We understand traffic accidents occur. That’s a civil issue. It’s not a criminal issue. What is 100 percent of the time a criminal issue is when people leave the scene of an accident,” said Mears.
Anyone with information on Sanford’s death is still asked to contact IMPD or Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.