Police have arrested the driver who they say hit and seriously injured a blind Lincoln woman crossing the street in Havelock with her car and then left the scene last month.

Investigators believe Kathryn Launer, 64, drove off after hitting Teri Bullock because she was scared Sept. 13, Lincoln police said in an affidavit for her arrest.

Bullock, who walks with a cane, was crossing Havelock Avenue southbound at 64th Street around 8:45 a.m. heading from a volunteer shift at Aging Partners Northeast Center to a volunteer shift at Fresh Start, said her son, Tyler Bullock.

Launer's Nissan Maxima hit her, stopped for a short time and then drove off, but witnesses got the license plate number, the affidavit said.

Officers found the Maxima at 10:12 a.m. at the Aging Partners Northeast Center, which is two blocks away, police said.

Launer was working there in the kitchen and knew Bullock, police said.

They took Launer to the northeast team police station for an interview and released her that day.

Police arrested Launer at her home in Havelock Friday and took her to jail.

Prosecutors charged her Tuesday with leaving the scene of a serious injury accident.

A judge ordered her held in jail on $7,500 bond and barred her from driving if she is released.

If convicted, she faces as much as four years in prison.

On Tuesday, Bullock remained at Bryan West Campus where her recovery from brain bruises and broken bones continued at a slow pace, her 29-year-old son said.

His family hasn't spent much of their energy fixated on Launer and harbors no ill will toward her, he said. Instead they're focused on their mother and hope swelling on her brain will subside.

She's battled this trauma like they thought she would, and her short responses to conversations and half smiles at jokes show progress, Tyler Bullock said.

"Little reactions like that are big,” he said.

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Riley Johnson reports on breaking news and public safety issues in Lincoln and southeast Nebraska.

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