Posted: Oct 7, 2013 9:20 PM by Melissa Anderson - MTN News
EAST HELENA - A Helena woman whose trailer home was struck by a hit-and-run driver this summer is hoping she can get it fixed before freezing weather hits.
The accident happened June 5th, when a man suspected of drunk driving, drove his car into Shirley Miller's trailer home knocking it nearly two feet off it's foundation and breaking all the water pipes.
Damage to the northside trailer wall was evident. While Miller's trailer was somewhat stabilized enough to live in, it's far from being fixed.
It was about four months ago that her trailer was struck by a hit-and-run driver. And now months later, nothing has been resolved.
Miller is worried about the cold weather coming and the winter months and how she will be able to survive in this trailer.
"I'll blow them out before the frost comes and go with no water all year if I have to," Miller said.
Suffering from the final stages of emphysema, Miller says she can't handle temperatures less than 70 degrees. Living on a fixed income of around $750 a month, she says she doesn't have the money in advance to skirt and fix her trailer.
"I haven't heard from the fella. The only help I've had is the lovely Ann Miller down at God's Love, helped me out a little bit with some cash, and that would be it," Miller said.
As a woman who has helped the homeless herself, Miller now wonders if she'll be homeless next.
The man who drove into her home fled the scene and had no insurance. He was charged with only misdemeanors, for careless driving, habitual offender and leaving the scene of an accident.
Since the crash, new speed limit signs have appeared on the stretch of roadway in front of Miller's home. However, she says its' the poor repair of the road that slows people down.
"Rutted out like it is right now that they've slowed down quite a bit. But they'll fix that up and they'll be flying by again." said Miller.
Having no insurance herself, and until the courts resolve the matter, her only hope now is that someone can pay it forward.
The 30-year-old man who hit Miller's home is expected in Justice court October 23rd.
According to the County Attorney's office, he will then be ordered by a Judge to pay restitution for the damage.