By: Jack LattaStaff Writer
September 6, 2012
PRESTONSBURG — The family of a woman killed in a horrific car crash earlier this year is looking for answers, as police continue to put together the pieces.
Angela Thornsbury, the mother of Angel Thornsbury Miller, who was killed in June, says she wants to know why charges have not yet been filed against the driver of the other vehicle.
Thornsbury says she received a copy of the police report this week. “They found pills in the vehicle, a cooler full of beer, and a half-gallon of whiskey. Why didn’t they do a breathalyzer?” asked Thornsbury, who questions why it is taking so long for charges to be brought against the other driver. “She is still out there driving around free.”
According to the collision report provided by Thornsbury, Floyd County Coroner Greg Nelson found a cigarette box in the floorboard Hall’s vehicle which contained two blue pills, a soft blue cooler in the backseat which contained four bottles of 12 ounce beer in ice, and a half gallon of scotch whiskey which had been opened.
On Tuesday June 26, Jodie E. Hall, 44, of Allen, was driving north on U.S. 23, when her 2001 Dodge sport-utility vehicle crossed the center line and ran head-on into a 2004 Jeep Liberty, driven by the 24-year-old Thornsbury. Due to the violent force of the crash, Thornsbury was ejected from the car, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Hall was transported to the hospital and released without serious injury.
A witness to the accident observed Hall crossing the median into the southbound lane and had to swerve themselves to avoid hitting her. According to the collision report, Hall told an officer on the scene that “she blacked out and didn’t know what happened.”
Prestonsburg Police Officer George Tussey, who is in charge of the investigation, said he had spoken with Thornsbury, but that he would not comment on an ongoing investigation.
Miller, a mother of two had only recently graduated from National College as a medical assistant, had several job opportunities, Thornsbury said.
“I just want to keep my daughter’s name out there,” Hall said of her motivations for speaking out. “I don’t want this to fall through the cracks.”
An event to remember Angel Thornsbury Miller will be held at Archer Park on Sept. 23, from 2 to 6 p.m.