Charlestown High School teacher struck by car; arrest made

LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- A southern Indiana high school teacher is recovering in the hospital after being struck by a car.

Charlestown school officials say Nicole Keith-Morrison, who teaches at Charlestown High School, was hit last night near the school.  "She ah...did have a brain bleed and a skull fracture and some vertebrae were fractured also in her neck," says John Rowland, Charlestown assistant principal.

"And a car hit her and evidently knocked her maybe even as far as 50 feet...and she's fortunate to be alive from my understanding."

Morrison was walking with a friend across the street from Charlestown High School when it happened.  Police say 30 year old Natalie Miller was driving the car that hit her. According to police reports, Miller admitted smoking marijuana and taking the pain killer Loritab. And her 7 year old son was in the car.

"It helps to know that someone is going to be responsible."

And it also helps to know that everyone feels the same about what happened.  "Charlestown is truly a very carrying place.  Our school, when something serious happens our kids step up and do the right thing."

And in this case the right thing includes a school-wide project to honor the popular teacher.  "Our teachers and students are making chains of love they're going to put together and making some chain links and going to get them to Ms. Morrison and her family."

And that's just one of the things being done with Morrison in mind.  "This morning [Wednesday] there was a short prayer time or vigil outside our school that our kids voluntarily participated in."

It's a tough tragedy for this close knit school to take. But with the prom right around the corner, students have even more incentive to stay sober by avoiding drugs and underage drinking.

"Our kids have already talked about that, and have mentioned that so it does make an impression on 'em. I think it'll increase our attendance at after prom, I really do."

Morrison was flown to University Hospital where she underwent surgery for a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain. She also has injuries to her neck and spine.

Doctors at U of L say they are optimistic she will make a full recovery.

A second person was hit and received minor injuries. School officials say that person is not a teacher with Greater Clark County Schools.

Miller is being held at the Clark County Jail on a $10,000 cash bond.

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