Cherokee teacher's condition improves

A Cherokee County teacher critically injured in a car crash is now in stable condition.

Debra Walton was on her way to work at Chapman Intermediate School in Woodstock on Sept. 1 when she was in a head-on collision, the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office said. She was rushed to Kennestone Hospital with critical injuries, sheriff's spokesman Lt. Jay Baker said.

On Tuesday, Walton's condition improved to stable, a hospital spokeswoman said.

"Her condition approved exponentially from Sunday to today," Cherokee County schools spokesman Mike McGowan said Tuesday. Walton is expected to begin therapy this week, McGowan said.

Walton teaches sixth grade science. A long-term substitute teacher is handling her classes, McGowan said.

Deputies said they are still investigating the crash and charges are pending.

Preliminary reports showed Nickolas Miller, 22, ran a red light at Eagle and Rose Creek drives, Baker said. Walton, 56, was turning on to Eagle when Miller's vehicle struck her car head-on, Baker said.