Robert Norman Miller, a 14-year-old paperboy for The Washington Post who was saving his earnings to buy a car, was killed by an automobile early yesterday morning as he worked his route in the Forestville area of Prince George's County.
Miller was delivering his newspapers in the rainy predawn to 50 homes along the 1600 block of Ritchie Road when Kurt Kevin Hess lost control of his 1971 Plymouth Duster, crossed the center line and struck the youth about 5 a.m. according to police.
He was taken to Prince George's General Hospital where he died at 5:56. Hess, 19, of 2209 Brown Station Road in Upper Marlboro, was not charged but Prince George's police said they are still investigating the accident.
"I was just telling Bobby after Saturday you will be doing it in the daylight, because the clocks go back an hour," said Robert's mother Leta Miller. "It's such a shock; he's here one minute and the next he's gone forever."
Robert, the youngest of five children, lived with his parents at 1321 Asheville Road in Forestville. His father Norman R. Miller works as an assistant manager of The Washington Post federal credit union.
Robert was a brown-haired youth who had grown big enough that his parents had begun to call him Bob Instead of "Bobby." He went to Thomas Pullen Junior High School in Lanham, and was a good enough catcher to make the All-Metro team in the Prince George's Little League. His favorite catcher was Johnny Bench, his parents said.
Robert had inherited his paper route from one of his older brothers six months ago, and was saving for a car, his mother said.
"Look what it got him," she said. "He was a good kid, he didn't give me much trouble. I'm in control now but my husband's ready to crack, and my stomach's in a knot so I know it will hit me after the funeral."
No date has been set yet for the funeral which will be held sometime this week in the Holy Spirit Church in Ritchie, just down the road from the site of the accident.