Fiancé says driver may have suffered seizure before wreck that killed 5



HALL COUNTY, Ga. - Family members of the woman who crashed her SUV head-on into a tractor-trailer in Hall County Tuesday, say she may have suffered a medical crisis before the crash.

The cousin of the mother killed in a head-on collision, told Regan she is still trying to grasp all that has happened.

Amanda Pardue was behind the wheel of her Ford Explorer when she lost control, veered into the opposite lane and crashed head-on into a tractor-trailer truck.

Pardue and an adult passenger died, along with the passenger's 13-year-old grandson and Pardue’s 8-year-old daughter Kayleigh. Pardue’s 2-year-old son Eli died later at the hospital.

“It’s become my breaking point. Knowing that we saw them two days ago and they’re gone,” said cousin Jasmine Pardue.
Brandy Poole, Amanda Pardue’s cousin, said she saw the injured truck driver at the hospital.

“He was just devastated and was just like, ‘I’m sorry.’ I mean, it wasn’t his fault. It was my cousin’s fault, it was Amanda’s fault, and we know that. It was just heartbreaking for everyone at that point,” Poole said. “It is devastating. It’s heartbreaking.”

Amanda Pardue’s fiancé, Craig Emfinger, is also the father of two of the children who died. He suspects Amanda may have suffered a seizure right before she lost control over her vehicle.

"She wasn’t supposed to be driving anyway because of epilepsy. She was a good mother, she just had a problem, just had a slip. She loved her kids,’ Emfinger said.

The Georgia State Patrol said they are still investigating the crash, including toxicology tests on the driver.

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