Victim hit by stolen Port Royal fire truck identity released

Published: Feb. 24, 2012 at 10:46 PM EST|Updated: Apr. 8, 2012 at 1:26 PM EDT
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Scene of one of the crashes
Scene of one of the crashes

BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) - The identity of the victim who was hit and killed by a stolen Port Royal fire truck Feb. 24 has been released.

The Beaufort County Coroner's Office identified the victim as Justin Nicholas Miller, 28, of Port Royal, SC.

Authorities say Miller was walking and stopped to pick up something off the ground on Ribaut Road when he was hit and killed.

Beaufort firefighters were responding to a medical call at the Laurel Hill apartments on Ribaut Road when the fire truck was stolen.

While inside with a patient, police say Kalvin Hunt, 26, of Sumter, SC stole the Port Royal fire truck and caused several wrecks before hitting and killing Miller on Ribaut Road near the bowling alley.

Hunt crashed the fire truck into a tree and was pinned inside the fire truck. He then got free and exited the fire truck and started assaulting two Beaufort police officers. During the incident, three officers and one EMT were injured. Hunt was naked when he exited the vehicle.

Hunt's family says he is a former Marine who suffers from mental illness and wasn't on his medication at the time of the incident. The family says Hunt was receiving treatment at a hospital in California and served in the Marines for over four years.

The three officers and one EMT were all treated and released from the hospital. Hunt is still in the hospital and faces multiple criminal charges.

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