Teacher hit, critically injured by alleged drunk driver

Published: Apr. 4, 2012 at 3:47 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 18, 2012 at 5:37 PM EDT
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Nicole Keith-Morrison (Source: Greater Clark County Schools)
Nicole Keith-Morrison (Source: Greater Clark County Schools)
Natalie Miller (Source: Charlestown Police/Clark County Jail)
Natalie Miller (Source: Charlestown Police/Clark County Jail)

CHARLESTOWN, IN (WAVE) – A 30-year-old Charlestown, Indiana woman is under arrest after an alleged drunk driving accident Tuesday night that left a Charlestown High School teacher with life-threatening injuries.

According to Charlestown Police, 30-year-old Nicole Keith-Morrison was walking in east on Park Street in front of the school with a friend around 6:50 p.m. when she was struck by a car driven by Natalie Miller. Miller's car was also heading east on Park Street.

Major Jason Broady, assistant chief of the Charlestown Police Department, said Miller was driving intoxicated and had her seven-year-old son in the car with her at the time. Broady said Miller admitted to police she had smoked marijuana and taken Lortab, a prescription pain killer. Broady tells WAVE 3 the child was released to family members. Neither Miller or her son were injured.

Miller was charged with operating while intoxicated, operating while intoxicated with a minor passenger, and operating while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury. She is being held at the Clark County Jail.

Keith-Morrison was flown to University of Louisville Hospital. According to Erin Bojorquez, a spokesperson for the Greater Clark County Schools, Keith-Morrison underwent surgery Tuesday night for a fractured skull and brain bleed. Bojorquez also said Keith-Morrison suffered neck and vertebrae injuries and was placed in a medically-induced coma to help alleviate swelling on her brain.

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