Roughly two years ago, Kellie McCain was devastated by the death of her mother. She credits her father, Henry, for helping her heal.
And just when she began feeling as if her life was getting back to normal, tragedy struck again a year later — this time in the form of 22-year-old Brittany Miles.
One second her father was making a legal turn on his motorcycle along U.S. 19, the next, she said, a pickup truck driven by Miles and traveling more than 70 mph slammed into him — sending his body flying from just inside the Pasco County line to inside Hernando County.
In a year's time, McCain found herself parentless.
"The accident was horrible. There wasn't anything left. We didn't even get his wedding ring back," McCain said. "Once my mother died and then I lost dad … it's just devastating. Losing both parents within two years is like losing the ground you stand on. There's nothing to support you anymore. Some people don't realize how scary it is not to have your parents. There's no place to go home to anymore."
Since that time, McCain said she's tracked the court case involving Miles, who was charged with attempted felony murder, escape, fleeing to elude and driving under the influence of Xanex, for which Miles later said she didn't have a prescription.
Last month in Pasco County, Miles was found guilty of the lesser charge of battery on a law enforcement officer, escape, fleeing to elude and driving under the influence. However, she still faces a charge of first-degree felony murder In Hernando County.
Her sentencing in Pasco is scheduled for Dec. 4 while she's scheduled to appear for her pretrial on Jan. 17 in Hernando County.
McCain said she's bothered by the attention placed on Miles' claims that she's recovering from pill addiction. What's being forgotten, McCain said, is that through Miles' actions, her father is now dead.
"A motorcyclist died. He has a name and he has a daughter," McCain said. "So far all she has ever talked about is herself — where she has come from and why she did this and how she was in pain. I would like for her to look at me and see what she has done to my life and my family's life. Especially if she has really been through a recovery program, she should have a lot to say to me.
"It's not about forgiveness; it's about accepting responsibility and she needs to do that."
McCain said she isn't ready to forgive just yet. Perhaps one day.
But for now, she said, she's hoping Miles will receive life in prison once all the sentencing is finished.
Had Miles been behind bars and not out on bail before, McCain said she would likely be spending the holidays with her father this year.
"If she was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life, I think that would be just," McCain said. "I think society would be safer with her behind bars — that's probably the nicest thing I can say about her."