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Harrison City woman told police she took painkillers before crashing into SUV

Renatta Signorini
| Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, 1:36 p.m.

A Harrison City woman allegedly was intoxicated when she crashed head-on into a vehicle Friday morning, seriously injuring the driver and passenger, according to police.

Police said Heather Renee Nadell's driver's license had expired two years earlier, according to a criminal complaint.

It didn't appear that Nadell, 42, tried to stop her Suzuki sport-utility vehicle before it slammed into an SUV at 10 a.m. on Harrison City-Export Road, according to police.

Nadell was charged Tuesday but had not been arraigned on charges of aggravated assault while driving under the influence and related offenses.

Police transported Nadell to AHN Forbes Hospital to draw her blood. She told investigators that at 6:30 a.m. she took opioid painkillers Vicodin and Tramadol and Depakote, which is used to treat convulsions, migraines and bipolar disorder. Nadell said she had a prescription for Tramadol and Depakote, police said in the complaint.

The other driver, John Riley of Penn Township, told police he was traveling 25 mph when Nadell's vehicle came into his lane. Riley sustained numerous injuries, including broken ribs, sternum and wrist.

His passenger and son, Glenn Riley, suffered two severe leg lacerations, one of which will need a skin graft, police said in the complaint.

Nadell did not have an attorney listed in online court records. A message left at a number listed for her was not returned.

Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-837-5374, or via Twitter @byrenatta.

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