Blind Pedestrian Killed in Maine

Aug 19, 2014

SURRY, Maine (AP) _ 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 on 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 reports 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 totally 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.