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#1 2011-08-18 07:38:39

Registered: 2011-08-01
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Local Youth killed in hit and run.

OTTAWA — Dan Miller spent his last moments the way he spent most of his life – laughing, joking and having a good time, his best friend and roommate Cody White said.

“His last moment was happy. Right up until his last moment, he was making jokes while crossing the street,” White said. “He loved life and lived it to the fullest, as much as he could. And it was cut short, taken from him.”

Miller and another one of his roommates had just left his friend’s house on MacLaren Street at about 3:20 a.m. Wednesday, where they had gone to hang out after seeing the band The Casualties play in the ByWard Market. White said Miller was crossing Bronson Avenue when he was struck by a car.

As his friend watched, Miller fell to the ground. The car didn’t stop.

Paramedics took Miller to the Ottawa hospital, where he died later in the morning. He was 22.

The two men grew up together in Stratford, Ont. White moved to Ottawa in 2007 and said he convinced Miller to join him last January.

Back in their hometown, Miller’s family was reeling with the suddenness of his death. Miller was the youngest of four siblings and he had just recently returned to Ottawa after a visit home.

“As you can imagine, we’re very shocked and saddened. We’re here to support each other as best we can at this point. It’s very new and fresh to us,” said Miller’s brother, Rob Miller. “He was very much surrounded by love with his family. He was just kind of doing his own thing. And a tragic accident occurred.”

Rob said Dan worked in the kitchen of a diner in Stratford before moving out in January. In Ottawa, his life revolved around punk music.

White and Miller played in a band together, with Miller playing guitar most of the time and drums and piano on the side. Miller and White had just moved into a new house on Bell Street along with two other roommates and Miller had only slept in his new room three times, White said.

“We’re continuing on. There’s not much we can do. We’re pretty depressed,” White said. “I just hope they catch the guy, or girl, or whoever it was.”

White said the car was travelling too fast for his friend who witnessed the collision to catch more than a vague description. Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the vehicle, described as a dark Nissan sedan with damage to the front end, possibly on the passenger side.

White said the mood at the Bell Street house was sombre Wednesday, with everyone trying to process the fact one of their roommates won’t be coming back.

“He loved his family, he loved his friends. He’s gonna be missing out. We’re missing out on him.”

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