Young father struck and killed by light pole; family mourns loss

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PHOENIX -- We're learning more about the young father who was killed in a freak accident in Phoenix on Sunday evening. Michael Miller, 25, died after a light pole fell on top of him as he was walking down the street.

"I miss him; I loved him," sobbed 22-year-old Cynthia Miller, speaking about her husband and the father of their two young daughters. Their third child is on the way. "He was the best husband; the best father in the world."

The accident happened just before 6 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of 15th Avenue and McDowell Road. Phoenix police Sgt. Steve Martos said the driver of a Chevy Cavalier was traveling southbound on 15th Avenue and failed to stop for a red signal light. The car collided with a Mercury Cougar, which was eastbound on McDowell Road.

The vehicles went off the road and collided with a fire hydrant and a signal light pole. The pole fell and struck Miller. He was killed instantly.

"Witnesses said he was walking southbound on 15th by the side of the road," said Lt. Berghorst with the Phoenix Police Department. "He may not have known the accident was occurring and not known what was coming at him."

The intersection was closed for several hours Sunday evening while police investigated the crash.

"I don't know what to think," Cynthia said. "I'm in shock. I don't understand this. It wasn't his fault. It was the driver's fault."

Police say they did cite the driver who allegedly ran the red light, but they don't believe impairment was a factor.