Miller Crash Causes Changes to ODOT Policy on Rumble Strips

Photo By: Michael Patrick The death of Debra Miller last August has prompted a change from the ODOT regarding the placement of rumble strips on Oklahoma highways: The guidelines for highway rumble strips — those pavement ridges on the shoulder that alert drivers when they’ve drifted off the road — have been changed, due in part to the death of a Stillwater bicyclist in August. That’s why rumble strips were installed along State Highway 51 from Stillwater to Interstate 35 earlier this month instead of last summer when the highway was resurfaced, Rep. [Read More]

Driver Who Killed Stillwater Cyclist to Pay $20,000 in Resititution

James Michael Hazzard, 20, who hit and killed Debra Miller last August, has pleaded no contest to negligent homicide and has been ordered to pay $20,000 in restitution to the family: A driver accused of hitting and killing a bicycle rider on State Highway 51 west of Stillwater earlier this year has pleaded no contest to negligent homicide. . . . Special Judge Michael Stano deferred sentencing and judgment for one year, but required Hazzard to pay $20,000 in restitution by Jan. [Read More]

Charges Filed in Debra Miller Death

I know I tweeted about this possibility awhile back, but I’m just now getting the story published. In any case, charges have been filed against James Hazzard in the death of Debra Miller: A negligent homicide charge was filed Thursday against a man who drove off state highway 51 and killed a Stillwater bicyclist riding on the shoulder, District Attorney Rob Hudson said. Edmond resident James Michael Hazzard, 20, could spend up to one year in a county jail if convicted of the misdemeanor charge. [Read More]

Fatal Crash Near Stillwater

Yet another fatal crash: The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said a 19-year-old driver hit and killed a bicyclist just west of Stillwater Sunday. Troopers said James Hazzard told them the sun was glaring in his eyes and he was adjusting his sunglasses when he swerved into the shoulder and hit 56-year-old Debra Miller. She was flown to OU Medical Center where she later died. via Bicyclist Hit, Killed by 19-year-old Driver Near Stillwater - News9. [Read More]