Hit & Run Drunk Driver Due Back In Court


PANAMA CITY BEACH - A woman who killed a bicyclist in a hit and run crash back in 1998 is due in court Friday for a probation violation hearing.

38-year old Leona Miller is 2-years into a 14-year probationary period. Prosecutors say she violated parole, and are holding a hearing to determine what to do about the situation.

The Department of Corrections released Miller in October 2011, after she served 13-years of a 16-year sentence for killing 30-year old Chad Dunbar. The dive instructor at NSA Panama City was riding his bike to work when Miller hit him on Thomas Drive, about 6:30 in the morning on April 6, 1998.

Miller was a dancer at the Show 'n Tail strip club and had been drinking all night. She hit Dunbar, severing one of his legs. Miller kept driving until she reached a Waffle House at the foot of the old Hathaway Bridge, about a mile away.

When police arrived, they found Dunbar's leg sticking through the windshield of Miller's car. Miller's blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit. Four months later, she pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter and was sentenced to prison.


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