A Ferndale driver must serve two years in prison for running over a teenage boy on purpose - twice.
Someone threw something at Keith Everett Miller's blue Ford Expedition at 10:50 p.m. June 15, while he drove near Kristi Place, a cul de sac in Ferndale.
All three passengers in the SUV recounted the same story: Miller braked, turned around and sped toward three kids. After he shifted into reverse, he hit something, lifting the SUV off the ground. It was a 13-year-old boy. Then Miller put the car into drive and ran over the boy's abdomen, according to records filed in Whatcom County Superior Court.
"That little bastard deserved it," Miller told his friends, before driving off, according to the court records.
On the ambulance ride to the hospital, the boy asked paramedics if he was going to die, according to a victim's statement submitted by his mother. Doctors later found he suffered a broken ankle but no internal injuries. He still has thick scars on his side and ankle.
"I hope this never happens again to anyone," the boy's mother wrote in her statement. "I hope (Miller) will think twice before he runs a person over."
Miller, 28, pleaded guilty this week to second-degree assault after prosecutors offered him a plea deal that puts him behind bars for 24 months. Miller must undergo anger management treatment and cover more than $19,200 in hospital bills.