Woman robbed after getting killed in hit-n-run accident

By Layron Livingston - bio | email

TYLER, TEXAS (KLTV) -  Friends and co-workers knew Victoria Miles as, simply, Tori. Everyday, you could find her working behind the counter inside the Kidd Jones Valero, across the street from Tanglewood Center on East Loop 323.

Tori left the store to make a routine bank run, Thursday afternoon. She crossed six lanes of traffic, headed to Regions Bank to make change for the store.

She was standing on the raised median, when she was struck by a black, Chevy pick-up, driven by an alleged drunk driver. The money in her hands went flying into the air. The truck kept going.

Johnny Gilstrap, who works at the Super Lube next door said he and his coworkers saw what happened and ran to the median to help Tori. Johnny joined other Valero employees, picking up, staying by Tori's side.

But Johnny said he noticed two men get out of a maroon car - it looked liked a Chevrolet Impala - scoop up some cash, and take off.

"I'm sure they didn't know she'd been run over," he said. "They just saw the money flying around and didn't know where it was coming from."

It added more insult to a horribly painful, and fatal injury.

"I wanted to choke them," said Thelma Hunt, who had worked with Tori for two years at the store.

Within minutes, Tyler Police tracked down the busted up, black pick-up truck. Gerald Bourque, 45, of Big Sandy was arrested on-site. As for the money grabbers, police say, technically, it is theft.

"That money belongs to the business," said Officer Don Martin, the public information officer with the Tyler Police Department. Martin said it's disheartening. "If they want to contact us and say, 'Hey, we just didn't realize,' or, 'We didn't know what to do with it. We're sorry.' We would look at that and go from there."

Right now, there are no suspects, but the incident is still under investigation.

"If they have any kind of heart at all, they would at least bring the money back," said Gilstrap.

Meanwhile, flowers and donations sat on the counter inside the Valero station where Tori worded everyday.

"She was just a good person," said Hunt.

Olin Hodges is a friend of Tori's Husband, Jimmy.

"She never met a stranger," he said.

"She's just like a daughter to me," said Gail Gilpin, Tori's landlord and friend.

"I want [them] to think about the two little boys and the husband that she left behind," she said. "I want them to feel remorse."

"I just want them to repent and be sorry for what they did," said Gilpin.

Tori will be buried at 2pm, Monday December 7th at Mason's Cemetery in Arp.

A Victoria "Tori" Miles Memorial Fund has also been set. Donations can be made at any Regions Bank location. The 1810 SSE Loop location - the branch last visited before she was killed - is also accepting gifts for Tori's 4- and 7-year-old sons.

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