MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Witnesses are calling a deadly crash a freak accident. The victim, 68-year-old Mie Hue Liu, was killed in her own driveway, while holding her grandson in her arms.
The driver is 62-year-old Calvin Hale. Memphis police say he ran off the road after suffering a seizure. We learned Hale has a long history of DUI's and alcohol abuse. Calvin Hale has been arrested three times for DUI back in 1993, 1997, and 2000. He was also charged for reckless driving and public intoxication in 1984 and in 1988.
According to the police report, officers did not test Hale for alcohol or drug use the day he crashed and killed the grandmother.
"It was just a freak accident," said William Taylor as he described what happened. He saw the entire thing. He lives down the street where the accident happened. Around 7:30 a.m. on June 10, Taylor says he saw Calvin Hale driving erratically in his Black Ford pickup truck.
"It swerved right and went up to a median, hit a curb," he said.
Police say Hale was dizzy and had no memory of the crash. Officers suspect Hale might have had a seizure. Witnesses say the driver hit a fence in the 4100 block of Tutwiler. Then the vehicle ran over a yard, took out a small fence, ran over some bushes, and slammed into the grandmother's garage.
"She was behind the car that got hit (in the driveway) so she was wedged in between them," said Taylor.
Mie Hue Liu was holding her 6-month-old grandson, Kevin Ge, in her arms. She was pronounced dead on the scene. The baby managed to escape the impact.
"Panic erupted when they started yelling, 'The baby!'," stated Taylor.
The baby spent a week in the hospital. We saw him today, smiling, and wide awake. His father told us his son is doing much better. Wednesday morning many family members left for China to bury the grandmother.
Local 24 News went to Hale's home but he wasn't there.
Little Kevin may not remember his grandmother when she was alive, but he'll know she did all that she could to save his life.
Police say no charges have been filed against the driver but the investigation is ongoing.