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Mom of son killed in hit-and-run crash pushes for 'Yellow Alert'

Posted at 12:30 PM, Jul 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-06 07:14:07-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A hit-and-run crash killed Tracy Miller’s son, Adam King more than two years ago.

“My baby didn’t need to die that night,” said Miller. “He had so much life left in him. He was just driving home. I miss him so much.” 

Adam was riding his motorcycle down Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers when a white pickup truck slammed into him. He hit a tree and died. 

“The driver of the truck took it upon himself to flee the scene and leave my dead son in the middle of the road,” Miller said.

Miller says they suffered for almost two weeks without knowing who killed Adam. 

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Adam Costello is the driver who killed King. He was sentenced to 10 and half years in prison after taking a plea deal.

He was allegedly drinking with Dan Sinclair before the crash.  Sinclair is accused of covering up the crime.

Miller says an alert system could have helped catch the driver sooner.  She wants to adopt a new law called “Yellow Alert.”

Law enforcement would activate the alert if a serious injury or death resulted from a hit-and-run.

It would help police catch hit-and-run drivers by getting a description of the suspect’s vehicle and license plate number.

The alert would go out on radios, televisions, and phones in the area as soon as authorities are notified. It would be similar to an “Amber Alert” or “Silver Alert.”

“It’s needed here in the state desperately because of the amount of hit and runs we have; especially fatal and serious injury hit and runs,” Miller said.

Hit-and-run alert systems are used in Maryland, California, and Colorado, where it has been very successful.

“So many families don’t have answers to their children being lost by a hit and run driver,” Miller said. “It needs to stop. They need to be caught and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” 

Tracey is trying to make sure that happens.  She is working with law enforcement and local groups.  She’s also reached out to Florida Senator, David Simmons. 

Miller is going to advocating for the “Yellow Alert” system in honor of her son. 

“He was a go-getter and he would help anyone at any time if they needed it,” Miller said. “I think he would be proud. He saw how much we suffered not knowing I think that he would want this. He would want this for all the other families and to help bring peace.”