Records detail fatal accident resulting from seizure
|By Jody Callahan, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tenn.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
But, according to
"From what I can see, I don't think there's enough to convince a jury that he committed a crime," said
At the request of The Commercial Appeal, the
They show that Hale -- who has been arrested four times for DUI and twice more for public drunkenness -- was tested for impairment at the hospital. That came as a surprise to prosecutors, who, as late as last week, were under the impression that no tests had been done.
The story began just before 7:30 that
"I felt like my whole face was drawing up, then it switch from the left side to the right side and it started hurting worse. I tried to stop and that's all I remember. I went totally blank, just blacked out," Hale later told police.
Hale then ran over a curb, through a fence, over a median and into a garage on
The Ranger smashed into the woman, causing Liu to drop her grandson onto the garage floor. The accelerator still pressed down, the pickup continued grinding against the woman and the
The boy was rushed to
Hale's first stroke and seizure happened on
One of those was Keppra, but Hale visited Stein in late
But, thanks largely to a
"This gentleman will have clearance to drive as of
"At the end of that period, if we receive something from that driver's physician, stating that the person has been lapse-free and that the condition is being treated, we'll reinstate," said
Crownover said the state was not notified of the first seizure, meaning Hale's license was never suspended. Despite police reports that detail the apparent second seizure, the state hasn't been notified of that one either, Crownover said. He did note, though, that Hale's drivers license had been suspended two times for DUI convictions.
Hale's DUI arrests came in 1980, 1993, 1997 and 2000. He served a total 1 month, 26 days for those arrests. His public drunkenness arrests came in 1984 and 1988; the latter also involved a domestic situation.
Hale has had a difficult time since the accident, records show. After Hale was arrested on suspicion of domestic assault on
Not long after the accident, the
Zhang didn't respond to several phone calls or e-mails seeking comment.
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