U-turn driver says she’s sorry about accident

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U-turn driver says she’s sorry about accident

By Linda Maule (published: December 21, 2006)

FALMOUTH "“ The woman whose U-turn allegedly initiated a chain-reaction crash on Interstate 295 two weeks ago apologized Wednesday and said her "heart goes out to the people who were involved."

In a prepared statement released to The Forecaster, Victoria E. Miele, 63, said "my prayers are with them continually for healing and restoration."

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Naran
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All she needs to add now is "my wallet will be with them continually, for healing and restoration."

[quote]In her statement, Miele said “undue attention to this matter has evoked inflammatory emotional responses in certain misinformed individuals which have resulted in hostile and threatening messages directed at me and even uninvolved parties. This certainly has served no useful purpose.”

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“I pray that during this season which focuses on ‘good will to men,’” Miele said in her statement, “we can all get back to the business of trying to help one another, and make the world a little better place.” [/quote]

Wow. So sorry anybody bothered you with their totalled vehicles and their hospital bills, Ms. Miele. I'm sure it has been distressingly distracting from your ongoing work to make the world a better place.

Easy enough to do - stop driving for a while, maybe?

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Isn't it wonderful...

what insulation from reality a lot of money can provide.

charlie

charlotte
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Did she think of that when she left the scene? Nope...

A big "boo, hoo"...

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Re: Isn't it wonderful...

[quote="charlie neville"]... what insulation from reality a lot of money can provide.[/quote]
Ms Miele appears to be a graduate of the Ted Kennedy School of Apology.

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[quote="Naran"]Wow. So sorry anybody bothered you with their totalled vehicles and their hospital bills, Ms. Miele. [/quote]

An auto accident, where nobody is killed, is rarely front page news for days on end.

Nothing in her statement says anything indicating that she objects to those injured seeking compensation. I expect she has insurance.

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What about the "I'm going to rehab, although I don't remember a thing about the incident" tripe?

Will that be tomorrow's news bite?

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After causing so much misery, injury, and financial hardship to so many, I cannot believe she would have the arrogance to suggest that anyone should just get on with life and put this behind them, as if she has the right to chide anybody in this instance.

If I were her, I would have been abjectly humble, begged forgiveness, and skipped the lectures.

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The focus on this accident has been greatly overdone and the statement -- in response to a press inquiry -- reflects that.

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[quote="Dan Billings"]The focus on this accident has been greatly overdone and the statement -- in response to a press inquiry -- reflects that.[/quote]
The beautiful people, the beautiful people...
Bud's right about the elites, or at least their mindset.
We are all chattel to them.
Throw the book at this moron.
Maybe they'll learn.
Oh. Got money?
Forget it.

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Someone could have been killed....But I guess she had to get home for dinnah.

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Can't help but wonder,

what Dan's like when he's not wearing his lawyer hat?

charlie

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[quote="Thomas O"][quote="Dan Billings"]The focus on this accident has been greatly overdone and the statement -- in response to a press inquiry -- reflects that.[/quote]
The beautiful people, the beautiful people...
Bud's right about the elites, or at least their mindset.
We are all chattel to them.
Throw the book at this moron.
Maybe they'll learn.
Oh. Got money?
Forget it.[/quote]

Why the focus on this case and not those where people are killed?

The lack of focus on the hit and run in Buxton stands out in contrast.

If anything, this shows that class warfare is live and well. If you have money, you are the devil for pulling an illegal u-turn -- something I see on 96 at least twice a month. Wrong, but common.

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Dan, if some working stiff pulled this stunt, his/her name would have been revealed the same day.
I guess the SP had to have a debate on her.
For days.
Tell you anything when an interested media couldn't get her name?
Why would you defend the non-disclosure?
Are you a BP?

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Could you provide a link on the Buxton hit-and-run, please?
I'd like to compare and contrast.

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[quote="Thomas O"]Dan, if some working stiff pulled this stunt, his/her name would have been revealed the same day.[/quote]

A working stiff shot and killed a young woman in South Paris while hunting. The police did not release his name for a week.

A working stiff hit and killed a woman in Buxton this month. The police did not release her name for 9 days.

Don't let facts get in the way of your envy.

Why the anger? How was you life affected by the delay in her name being revealed?

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[quote="Thomas O"]Could you provide a link on the Buxton hit-and-run, please?
I'd like to compare and contrast.[/quote]

[url=http://www.asmainegoes.com/node/]Check out this thread here.[/url]

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Dan, from my point of view, there is a difference between the hunting incident and the auto accident. I think the hunting incident probably was a TRUE accident. I think we can likely agree that the man who shot and killed Megan Ripley didn't do so on purpose.

Victoria Miele made a knowing, calculated, deliberate decision to illegally use a U-turn when she should not have done so. There is a difference between accidentally shooting someone, and making a deliberate decision to drive to endanger.

The other logical conclusion I draw on the Miele case is that she likely tried to deny that she did so. There is no other logical explanation as to why the police had to verify that it was in fact her by interviewing all the witnesses.

If she had confessed her guilt immediately when the troopers first appeared at her home, why wouldn't they have just charged her, and released her name? I know they probably would have interviewed the witnesses regardless, but I think the timeline of events speaks for itself.

I could be wrong, of course, but to me, there is a distinct difference between the two incidents.

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People pull u-turns on the highway every day. They shouldn't, but it is common. I saw many people do it on Monday on 295 in the traffic caused by a truck accident. The police had put up cones to block the turn around and car after car went around the cones.

We don't know the facts of the South Paris case yet. However, one distinct possibility is that the hunter made a knowing, calculated, deliberate decision to fire a shot without properly identifying his target. He certainly did not intend to hurt anyone, but neither did the driver in Falmouth.

Your second point is speculation. We don't know if she denied anything. If she simply refused to give a statement when a cop showed up at her house, she was being smart. If she was my client that is what I would have told her to do. Her lawyer was involved that evening and she may have simply followed his advice.

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It's beginning to sound like Mr. Billings is representing Ms. Miele in this affair.

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I am not.

She is represented by one of those big Portland firms.

When I have posted here about a client, I have stated who I represent or it has been posted by another before I posted.

But I fail to understand the hate aimed at her when there is no such anger in other accidents, like the death in Buxton.

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Leaving the scene generates all kinds of speculation.

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Sure. The woman in the Buxton crash also left the scene. A women died in that crash. No speculation. No front page news.

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Then why all this interest 295? Can't figure it out. Must have something to do with the Cadillac?

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Exactly.

Pure envy.

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[quote="Dan Billings"]The focus on this accident has been greatly overdone and the statement -- in response to a press inquiry -- reflects that.[/quote]

Dan, while I respect your legal background with respect to that statement - and agree up to a point - my posts in the initial threads on this subject still stand.

The Buxton accident is irrelevant. It received very little coverage in the press. Should it have? From a moral perspective, sure. But it did not, because it wasn't a story that media outlets can run with; it had no legs. Press is a business. It covers stories to draw eyeballs, not because it's the right thing to do.

The Miele story was indeed fueled by some pretty out-to-lunch speculation - some of which was right here on AMG, some of which was the result of reader response to PPH stories. These were clues to area media that they had a viable, multi-day story on their hands. You may consider this an Internet-driven story; 10 years ago, it would never have gained traction because there would not have been that window into public outrage and curiousity.

Besides, this was a highly visible accident with some unusual parameters - the fact that so many area residents were caught up in it, the fact that the vehicle was clearly identified and the alleged perp was found the night of the incident, the fact that a defense attorney was immediately involved and so forth.

Those are REALITIES. It makes no difference if there was a much more horrendous situation at roughly the same time 20 miles away. This is also a reality: the Buxton accident didn't sell papers. The 295 accident did.

As I said at least a week ago, Ms. Miele - and her attorney - probably made matters even worse by remaining hidden and allowing the anger to build. Class envy involved? Damn right - I noted exactly that last week. This rather stiff statement, as presented in the article, makes matters even worse. Look at the reaction right here on AMG!

Ms. Miele may be getting some reasonable legal advice as far as criminal defense is concerned. She's getting LOUSY advice from a perspective of tort defense and public opinion. She made her situation worse by remaining hidden; she just made it worse still by effectively blaming other people for her current situation.

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Good points.

You are correct about the media. But we don't have to like how they do things.

The major traffic jam was a major factor.

Making her out to be a devil is too much. I saw literally dozens of people do just what she did while I sat in traffic on 295 on Monday. Dozens. A couple came close to causing accidents.

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From reading posts here, it appears that class envy is at least a factor in the general dumping on Mrs. Miele. It seems that anyone who lives on the Foreside and drives a Cadillac must, by definition, be a recipient of special consideration from the authorities in such a situation. Even if the driver is not a U.S. senator.

Not to excuse Mrs. Miele -- both her driving record and her decision to u-turn are deplorable -- but she and her husband have good records as entrepreneurs and, as I noted earlier, both are graduates of Maine colleges who stayed in the state and created several businesses.

In addition, while the Mieles have lent their names and talent to several worthy causes, it appears they, unlike most very successful suburbanites, have gone out of their way to shun the spotlight. That fact alone may explain her post-accident run for cover.

But I'm with Dan. Although this was a legitimate news story, I think the speculation on the special consideration angle was overdone -- once it was determined a senator was not involved.

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[quote="Dan Billings"]Good points.

You are correct about the media. But we don't have to like how they do things.[/quote]

No, we don't. But anyone in a position of having to deal with the media better understand how it works and what feeds the beast. As mediadog notes, these folks appear to be good people. They obviously got some terrible advice - and it WILL cost them. Shoot, it already HAS cost them.

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I don’t think it is class envy at all.

The SP knew who cause the accident that night because she called her lawyer and her lawyer had been in contact with the authorities.

Someone at the highest levels chose to withhold the name and Mrs. Miele chose to remain in the closet feeding the frenzy.

Imagine the anxiety of the people involved in the accident, victims, insurance companies… unable to complete their required accident reports in full because of Mrs. Miele’s shield?...

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Personally, I have no envy for the Cadillac, the Falmouth address, or the other incidentals involved in the Miele incident.

My angst regarding the situation stems purely from the carelessness and negligence displayed, and the refusal to come forward, even though many people were enduring financial hardship as a result of the negligence. In addition, if her record wasn't so stunningly lousy, it might not have been such a big deal. I'd say her driving record speaks volumes.

As for the hit and run in Buxton, any new developments? Last I'd heard, there were rumors the driver was the relative of a police officer, which was alleged to be affecting the development of charges.

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