A Tennessee woman faces three felony charges in connection with last week’s crash that claimed the life of a Tishomingo County teen and left his mother and sister severely injured.

Brittany A Norris, 33, of Counce, Tenn. was arrested around noon Monday by the Mississippi Highway Patrol and booked into the Tishomingo County Jail. She has been charged with three counts of aggravated driving under the influence, said MHP Troop F Spokesperson Staff Sgt. Bryan McGee.

Norris is accused of being under the influence when her 2011 Ford Explorer struck a 2014 Ford Escape driven by 44-year-old Melissa Walker of Iuka around 8:47 p.m. last Monday on Highway 365 in Tishomingo County. Walker’s son, 13-year-old Michael Walker, died from injuries received in the crash. Melissa Walker and her daughter, 18-year-old Macie Walker, were transported to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo where they continue to be treated. Melissa Walker, a seventh-grade cyber teacher and member of the tech team at Iuka Middle School, was critically injured in the crash and Macie Walker, a former Belmont High School basketball standout and current freshman at the University of North Alabama, was seriously injured but was listed in stable condition last week.

Mississippi law defines aggravated DUI as when a person driving under the influence “in a negligent manner causes the death of another or mutilates, disfigures, permanently disables or destroys the tongue, eye, lip, nose or any other limb, organ or member of another”. Each count carries a sentence of at least five years and no more than 25 years in prison.

Banner Independent Editor

Managing editor of the Daily Corinthian’s sister newspaper, Booneville’s Banner-Independent, Brant Sappington has been a member of the Daily Corinthian family since 2001.

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