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UPDATE - Police: driver in Mishawaka crash was intoxicated, driving on suspended license

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A Mishawaka woman is in critical condition after being struck by a car while jogging. Police say the driver of the car was intoxicated and driving on a suspended license.

The crash happened a little before 7:00 am on Jefferson Blvd. in Mishawaka. 
Jefferson Blvd. was closed near the accident for several hours.

According to a release from the St. Joseph County prosecutor's office, Tiffany Brantley, 30, was jogging on the north side of Jefferson Blvd. when a car crossed the center line and struck her.

Brantley was initially reported by police to be in critical condition and being treated at a local hospital. According to the prosecutor's office, she is now in serious condition.

The driver, Quentin Burnley, 23, suffered minor injuries. The St. Joseph County F.A.C.T. investigation team responded to the scene and arrested Burnley after determining he was intoxicated. According to the police report, Burnley's license had been suspended due to a previous infraction.

Brantley was out for a run on Thursday morning as a part of her training. She was preparing for the NPC Northern Indiana Bodybuilding, Figure, Bikini, and Physique Championships.

Karen Mckibbin has taken classes with Brantley at World Gym Fitness Center in Mishawaka. Mckibbin was also Brantley's teacher at LaSalle High School. Mckibbin says it was that much harder to hear the news about Brantley given how long the two have known each other.

"Disbelief. That can't be," Mckibbin said. "It's just very, very sad and troubling."

Matthew Wold is the Team Leader at World Gym and trains with Brantley. He says she was always aware of her surroundings during her runs. "I go running around my neighborhood on a regular basis. A lot of the people that I train do the same. It's just surprising and shocking that something like that can happen at any given time," Wold said.

Rebecca Stone is the Co-Owner of World Gym and says Brantley has worked out at the gym on and off for the last eight years. Stone says Brantley is a very driven person. "She was so looking forward to competing and just out there training hard," Stone said. "For something like this to happen to her, it was just heartbreaking."

The competition is set for July 5 at the Century Center in South Bend.

Stone and Mckibbin both described Brantley as an energetic person who would brighten a room when she walked in. They know Brantley's recovery will be challenging. "It's going to be terrible for her to be down. We're going to say she's going to be fine but for the time being and recuperation it's going to be terrible."

Brantley's sister, Michelle Beatty-Jones, says her sister suffered a fractured pelvis and injured her spleen. Beatty-Jones told Stone doctors were preparing to give Brantley an MRI to check for any damage done to her spine.



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