CHARLESTOWN, IN (WAVE) - It was a tough day to concentrate for students at Charlestown High School as they wait for updates about their teacher. Police say Nicole Morrison was hit by a driver who was high outside the school Tuesday night.
Police say Ms. Morrison was walking outside the school with a friend around 7 o'clock when 30 year-old Natalie Miller hit her. At last check she's in serious condition at University Hospital in Louisville, but doctors say she should make a full recovery, which is a bit of good news for those who know her.
There are still a few signs left along Park Street of what happened to a well-known and well-liked teacher at the school. "Everyone is just really quiet no one really wants to talk. The teachers are trying to talk and calm the student's down," says Senior Kayla Guinn.
Ms. Morrison, better known in class as Ms. Mo, teaches government and economics, but her love for her students extends well beyond the classroom. "She's in charge of planning our graduation for seniors and senior field day. She is just an overall excellent leader," says Quinn. And someone students know who will always have a smile on her face and ear to listen. "She's fun to be around. She's loving kind. She's just always one just to be there you need someone to talk to she's always there," says senior Nick Payne.
That's why the news that she is in the hospital after she was hit walking outside the school is so tough for her students. The school system says her skull was fractured, her brain was bleeding and her neck was also injured. Police arrested Miller and say she admitted to smoking pot and taking pain killers when she hit Morrison.
"When somebody gets hurt like that that you know in such a irresponsible situation, such a good person it's really hard to hear," says Dan Gregory. Students say it's an unfortunate real life lesson about drugs they never wanted to experience.
Miller is facing several driving while intoxicated charges. One for the drugs she tested positive for, one for causing the serious injuries to Ms. Morrison and a third for having her 7-year-old son in the vehicle. Police say Ms. Morrison's friend's wrist was also injured in the wreck.
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