Deer collision claims life of Stockton College student

MEDFORD, N.J. - October 5, 2011

"He was just one of those kids. I don't know anybody that didn't like him," Jim Miller told Action News about his 21-year-old son Joe.

Joseph Miller was a junior business major at Stockton College in Galloway who was killed on campus Tuesday night when the car he was riding in collided with a deer and then slammed into a tree. Wednesday would have been Joe Miller's 22nd birthday.

Miller's parents, who live in Medford, N.J. had planned to visit him this weekend to celebrate.

"He would be at school, but we were going to go down Saturday and do something," Jim Miller said. "That won't happen now."

Miller was a passenger in the vehicle on College Ave. The driver was his roommate Joao Simoes of Newark, who was hurt in the crash, but will be OK. The spot where the crash happened is a rural area and students say deer are often a dangerous part of the landscape.

"You have to drive safe around here because they pop out anywhere and it's too upsetting because it shouldn't have happened," Ashley Napiorkowski said.

Joe's high school friend Louie Greco was among the mourners at the Miller home Wednesday. He and the others are remembering the 2008 graduate of Holy Cross High School in Delran as a go-getter who loved his '87 Camaro and the Philadelphia Phillies.

"He was a rabid Phillies fan and he was just nuts," Joe's dad said. "He would have to leave the room if they started to lose, he couldn't even be in the room."

Joe Miller's mother is a psychiatrist at Ancora Psychiatric Hopsital. She told Action News' Nora Muchanic that her job is to help people cope with their problems, but she has no idea how to cope with the loss of her son.

Dr. Cecilia Caringal was clutching her son's photo to her heart. Joe could be seen in the photo with his sister. Still in shock, the family says it will begin making funeral arrangements Thursday.

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