Tragedy Turned Teachable Moment

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- A Bowling Green woman is charged with murder after crashing into and killing an 18 year old, who was riding a motorcycle.

It was only weeks after graduation, when Kathy Keller's SUV struck and killed Alex Harkins. Yesterday, the investigation against Keller was presented to the Warren County Grand Jury.

"After reviewing the facts of the case, an indictment was returned for wanton murder, as well as two counts of wanton endangerment first degree, as well as operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants, first offense within 5 years," Hon. Chris Cohron, said.

Cohron also says these situations are happening all too often.

"Tragically, as we unfortunately see so many times in Warren County, this is just another example of drinking and driving, and what grave consequences it can end up with," Cohron said.

Now, Alex's mother, a Greenwood High employee, wants to raise awareness in her son's honor.

"She has come to me and to our site based council wanting to initiate a "S.A.D.D." program here at Greenwood High School, which is Students Against Drunk Driving or Students Against Destructive Decisions," Greenwood Principal, Greg Dunn, said.

School officials say they support the proposal.

"The school will be starting that program and we have a lot of students interested in that and so if anything, at least there will be more awareness here at Greenwood High School about those kind of situations in Alex's honor," Dunn said.

Dunn also says he appreciates Ms. Harkins' desire to inform their students on her son's behalf.

"That's our job as educators. We try to talk to our students any time we get a chance about making good decisions, doing the right thing, being careful, taking care of each other, and so I see nothing but positives from us starting an organization like S.A.D.D.," Dunn said.

We reached out to Kathy Keller and to the Harkins family, but both declined our request for comment.

Keller's cash bond is currently set at $250,000.

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