PARKER, Colo. -- A woman accused of hitting a boy with her SUV and then taking off Tuesday in Parker remains behind bars Wednesday.
And the Douglas County Sheriff's Office gave a lot of credit to the public for her arrest.
The accident happened about 11:50 a.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Stonegate Parkway and Creekview Drive.
The 49-year-old suspect, Kimberley Miller, lives just more than a mile from where she allegedly hit Colton Love.
Investigators said instead of stopping to help the 12-year-old, she sped away.
When deputies arrested her Tuesday night, they said she didn’t come clean. She denied having anything to do with the crash.
The boy had just stepped into the bike lane from riding his skateboard.
“Here we have a 12-year-old boy out in the middle of summer doing what 12-year-old boys should be doing,” chief deputy Steve Johnson said.
He said Miller hit him with her white Lexus, lifting him onto the passenger side windshield and breaking the passenger side mirror.
Witnesses said she drove off at a high speed.
“Our success came from the community,” Johnson said.
That’s when the Colorado Bureau of Investigation issued a Medina Alert, asking drivers to watch for the vehicle.
It paid off when a driver on Interstate 25 and Belleview Avenue called in the license plate, which took deputies to where Miller lives in the 10800 block of Willow Reed Circle.
“The dragnet tightened, you know, into the area of where the vehicle was registered to,” Johnson said.
A deputy then pulled her over near her home at 8:20 p.m. for not having her headlights on.
In the arrest document, the deputy noted “damage to the front passenger side,” and, “the passenger side mirror had been poorly reattached with new duct tape.”
Miller said “damage to the vehicle occurred while backing out of her garage.”
But she said “she did not know when the damage occurred.” And she “did not know when she put the duct tape on the mirror.”
She also told the deputy “she ‘thinks’ she was the only person driving the vehicle all day.”
Her husband Kevin was in Texas for work. Miller had her husband "secretly on speaker during the traffic stop.”
The investigation also showed she claimed she left her house at 10 a.m. for a client appointment at noon in Cherry Creek.
But she said she “could not remember the name or phone number of that client.”
It’s then she said she “wanted to speak to a lawyer.”
“We’ve gotten the vehicle. We made an arrest. It still feels hollow because you feel for the little boy and his family,” Johnson said.
The boy went to Children’s Hospital Colorado with serious injuries. His condition is not known because the family is keeping information private.
Miller faces several charges, including felony failing to remain at the scene of an accident.AlertMe