One of the two passengers injured in a Sunday night single-vehicle motorcycle crash in Elizabethtown suffered a fractured skull and brain bleed, according to Elizabethtown police.
Tracey Keith Miles, 45, of Buffalo, had a blood-alcohol level of .164 according to a preliminary breath test – more than twice the legal limit – according to an arrest citation.
His son, 12, suffered serious head injuries and “he has a long road ahead of him,” Elizabethtown Police Department spokesman Chris Denham said. The child was airlifted Sunday night to Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville.
The adult female passenger also was airlifted to University Hospital in Louisville where she has “significant” injuries from the wreck that happened at 6:06 p.m., the citation stated.
Denham said both are in critical, but stable condition.
The injured woman’s son, James Sellers, said his mother suffered a minor brain bleed, multiple broken bones in her face, a fractured spine and serious left shoulder damage.
“She’s pretty beat up,” Sellers said.
Monday evening he said his mother had been in surgery since about 12:05 p.m. Sellers also said his mother is from Buffalo as well.
According to EPD, Miles was driving a 1999 Harley-Davidson FLH Series motorcycle. Witnesses say he was driving “recklessly” and at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the motorcycle after leaving the U.S. 31W Bypass and entering an exit for the Western Kentucky Parkway.
Responding officers detected a “strong odor of an alcoholic beverage” coming from Miles. When asked by police how much he had drank Sunday, he said he had one shot of “Fireball” at 10 a.m.
Miles, who suffered minor injuries in the crash, is facing several charges including first-degree assault — a Class B felony punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison, if convicted; second-degree assault — a Class C felony punishable by five to 10 years in prison, if convicted; two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment — a Class D felony punishable by one to five years in prison, if convicted, and first offense driving under the influence of intoxicants.
He also was cited for not having insurance and failure to have registration plates. Miles also had an active warrant for failure to appear on a traffic violation case, according to the citation.
Denham said police were told by witnesses the boy was wearing a helmet Sunday night, but one couldn’t be found near the crash site.
Miles is being held in lieu of a $25,000 cash bond in the Hardin County Detention Center. He will appear Oct. 2 in Hardin District Court.