by: Erin Coleman Updated:
ATLANTA,None - The mother who police say caused a deadly crash in South Fulton County will face vehicular homicide charges.
Tamara Matthews, 36, lost her 16-year-old son in the crash that happened on Flat Shoals Road on Saturday. The couple who she hit, Glen and Sandra Walker, is both in the hospital with serious brain injuries, police said.
The Walkers were on the way to Callaway Gardens so Sandra could run her first 10K race, but they never made it.
“I can’t imagine anything worse,” Sandra’s father, Doug Meeker, told Channel 2’s Erin Coleman. He drove 14 hours from Grand Rapids, Mich., to be with his daughter. Sandra’s brother came as well.
“She’s aware that she’s in the hospital, but not aware that she’s been in an accident,” Tom Meeker said. “The small things like remembering what her name is remembering who her husband is, what her kids names are,” Meeker added.
While Sandra Walker recovers at Grady Hospital, her husband, Glen, is in critical condition at Atlanta Medical Center.
“Skull fracture. He suffered severe head trauma that they can’t really figure out right now because he’s got to get his lungs going,” Glen’s brother, Michael Walker, told Coleman.
The couple, with their two kids, 6-year-old Alana and 2-year-old Cameron were hit on by Matthew’s minivan when it crossed the center line, police said.
Glen Walker took the brunt of the impact and has not regained consciousness, but doctors say he is making small improvements.
"My brother's in a situation where he's fighting every day to make it through the night," Michael Walker said. The Walkers' children were not seriously injured because they were strapped in car seats.
Family members are hoping Sandra Walker can be transferred to Atlanta Medical Center so the couple will be in the same hospital. They say they have amazing support from family and friends and are hoping to start a fund for what promises to be a long recovery.