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3-year-old killed in accident mourned

SoVaNow.com / April 08, 2013
A large crowd of mourners — some traveling to Halifax County from distant parts of Virginia — attended the early Sunday morning funeral for three-year-old Caleb Andrew Miller, who died in a accident at his home late last Wednesday.

The 8:30 a.m. service was held at the home of Daniel Coblenz, with burial following in the Amish Cemetery at Hunting Creek.

“It was such a tragic accident,” said Sheriff Fred Clark, who was among those attending the child’s funeral.

According to reports, the boy was riding on a Bobcat with his father and another child as they were hauling wood to their Nathalie-area house in the late evening. When the tractor hit a bump, the impact knocked the young child to the ground, and his father was not able to stop the Bobcat before it ran over him.

Clark said he was called to the home on Pierce’s Trail, just off lower Liberty Road late Wednesday, along with Investigator Jeff Burton and Deputies T. B. Sargent and Joey Adams. When the officers arrived, they found first responders with the North Halifax Volunteer Fire Department and Liberty Volunteer Fire Department working hard to revive the child.

“They tried so hard and did everything they could to bring him back,” said Clark, but the child was pronounced dead a short time after arriving at Halifax Regional Hospital.

Caleb, who would have celebrated his fourth birthday next Sunday, is survived by his parents, Ammon L. and Malinda Byler Miller of Nathalie and three sisters, Swan Miller, Rebecca Miller and Bethany Miller and his paternal grandparents, Nathaniel and Emma Miller and his maternal grandparents, William and Amanda Byler and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.

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My sympathy to the Miller family on their loss. I cannot imagine the pain they have right now, or losing a child in such a tragic way.

The sad thing is that it could have been prevented. If any of you have little ones you care about, don't ever let them ride yard or farm equipment with you. Yes, kids will beg to ride with Daddy or Paw-Paw, and the oldsters love it as much as the kids. Yes, I rode on a Farmall tractor in the fields with my daddy, even when he was pulling a corn picker. Yes, he and I were very lucky.


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