WILKES-BARRE – With a Hawkeye surveillance camera on a utility pole only a few feet away, City Wide Towing proprietor Bob Kadluboski on Thursday stood at the scene where a 5-year-old boy was struck and killed last week by a vehicle that fled.
Kadluboski announced a reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the driver responsible for hitting Kevin Miller at West North and North Franklin streets on Dec. 21.
Minutes after Kadluboski released details about the reward, LAG Towing and Transport owner Leo Glodzik III announced his reward fund.
Glodzik set up a reward fund with PNC Bank and has donated $1,000.
Kadluboski said three businesses he declined to name have pledged $1,500.
City police believe a red-colored vehicle, possibly a Pontiac sedan, struck Miller as he crossed West North Street with his father, Stephen F. Miller.
The family had just left a Christmas party.
Police late Wednesday night released a picture of the car they suspect struck Miller. The picture was recorded by a Hawkeye camera on North Pennsylvania Avenue several minutes after the fatal incident.
A Hawkeye camera is mounted on a utility pole at West North and North Franklin streets. It remains unknown if the camera recorded the fatal incident.
In a statement released by the Miller family on Wednesday, they thanked the public for its support.
We would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers, the family said. Many have offered their services to help in any way. To this extent we reply. Please support your local and state law enforcement agencies and first response teams.
Kadluboski said he set up the reward fund through First National Community Bank. He said the fund was up to $1,500 and expected it to grow with pledges from the public at any FNCB branch.
The police need a hand on this; everybody is taking this one really personal, he said. I myself have been looking for days. There is just a ton of red Pontiacs. Somebody out there knows something. The Wilkes-Barre Police Department needs a break. Maybe this reward fund will give them the break that they need. Reward funds have worked in the past.
Kadluboski said a reward fund that reached $3,500 for information in the 2005 homicide of an elderly woman inside her South Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, apartment was partially disbursed after the suspect was convicted. Two people came forward with information about the homicide and one person refused to accept the reward, he said.
Donations can be made at any First National Community Bank and PNC Bank branches in care of Kevin F. Miller Reward Fund.