Blind pedestrian killed in Surry
SURRY – Police say a blind pedestrian has been killed in Maine’s Hancock County.
Police say 54-year-old James Miekka was walking along Toddy Pond Road with his guide dog when he was struck by a sport utility vehicle Tuesday.
The motorist, 27-year-old Robert Elliott of Surry, told police that sun obscured his vision, and he rendered aid until help arrived. WNSX-TM reported that Miekka’s dog is being cared for by a friend.
The death remains under investigation.
Miekka, a former physics teacher, created an artificial vision device that helped him practice target shooting despite being blind.
He’s also credited with devising the so-called “Hindenburg Omen,” a formula aimed at projecting a stock market meltdown that has received attention in the financial press over the years.