Search for missing driver after accident | News

JANESVILLE (WKOW) – Right now, a family is searching for and responding to their loved one after he went missing following a police-witnessed car crash.

The Wisconsin State Patrol reports that they attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding in Janesville around 2:20 a.m. Saturday. They said the driver crashed into a traffic light and continued driving until his car was disabled on Interstate 39/90 near Avalon Road. State Patrol said the driver got out and ran away. They identified him as Christopher Miller, 27, of Fitchburg.

Miller’s mother, Tammy Jones, said she hasn’t heard from her son since, which is out of character.

“I know him. I would have called. Especially under the circumstances,” Jones said. “Just take it as: ‘He fled the scene. It is what he is.’ He just doesn’t suit us.”

She said those concerns are amplified by the fact that he was not wearing a jacket at the time of the incident, and she doesn’t know if he was injured.

“It’s been so cold these last few days,” Jones said.

Jones acknowledges that her son may be in trouble from the accident and must face the consequences, but said the number one priority right now should be finding him.

“We can deal with the aftermath later, but I just want him home. I just want to know he’s safe and alive,” Jones said.

Miller’s fiancée, Mallory Duerst, is also focused on finding him.

“We have been pleading for help,” Duerst said. “We just want to make sure he’s safe and alive. Period.”

The Wisconsin State Patrol reports that they tried to find Miller during the day on Saturday. Then, after the family contacted police concerned they hadn’t heard from him yet, the Wisconsin State Patrol said they went out again Sunday to conduct an aerial search.

The family said they also searched the area where Miller was last seen on foot, and called the nearest public places, hotels, hospitals and jails, but came up short. However, they remain hopeful.

“I have faith and I’ve been praying,” Jones said.

Court records show Miller is facing seven moving violations for Saturday’s incident.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation reports that the Rock County Sheriff’s Office is now leading the search for Miller with their help.

The family said Miller was last seen wearing a black Nike tracksuit, a black and white cap and black and white shoes.

Anyone with information on Miller’s whereabouts is asked to contact police.

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