Mishawaka, Ind. A Mishawaka woman was jogging down the sidewalk early Thursday morning when she was struck by a car and critically injured.
The jogger, 30-year-old Tiffany Brantley, was a fitness buff who worked at World Gym, on and off, for the past eight years.
Now, she may not survive surgery, and if she does, she may be paralyzed.
The driver of the car was arrested for drunk driving. A police report shows that 23-year-old Quentin Burnley of South Bend registered .12 on a portable blood alcohol test.
On Friday, Burnley was charged with causing serious bodily injury while operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, a class D felony.
Burnley could face up to three years in prison.
It’s also alleged that Burnley was driving on a suspended license.
The crash occurred in the 500 block of W. Jefferson Boulevard in Mishawaka at about 6:50 a.m.
“Oh, it makes me furious that people are out there drinking and driving that early in the morning. If you’ve got a hangover, stay home, call a cab, do something, but stay off the road,” said Rebecca Stone of World Gym in Mishawaka.
Friends say that Brantley didn’t own a car and that she walked, ran or biked everywhere.
“She’s just a very healthy, energetic, spiritual young lady and it’s just heart wrenching that this happened to her this morning. She’s very smart, she knows how to run against traffic, she knows her surroundings,” said Stone.
Court documents indicate that Brantley suffered a broken tibia and fibula and, if she survives surgery, may be paralyzed.
The driver of the car suffered minor bleeding on his lower arm. While Quentin Burnley told police that the jogger had “jumped out in front of him,” witnesses say otherwise.
“Heard a big bang, heard two big bangs,” said Rex Rautenkranz, who lives on Jefferson. “And I came out the front door here, saw the car spun around over there to the front of that building.”
Witnesses say that Burnley’s car crossed the center line, traveled across the oncoming lane of traffic, struck Brantley on the sidewalk and then crashed into a building.
“I don’t see any skid marks. They checked all the way down there where it started. There was no skid marks nowhere, just like, didn’t attempt to stop of anything,” said Rautenkranz, who was among the first on the scene after the crash. “He (Burnley) kept running in circles saying ‘I don’t know where she came from. She just showed up out of nowhere.'"
Burnley has been arrested on a preliminary charge of operating while under the influence, causing serious bodily injury. Formal charges are expected to be filed on Friday.
His mother tells NewsCenter 16 Burnley made a bad choice and will have to face the consequences, but insists her son is an otherwise good man. She says he's studying at Ivy Tech and works at a local restaurant, hoping to make something of himself.