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Mother of suspected wrong-way driver says she is praying for family who was hit

Police said Richard Hough was operating a Chevy Tahoe in the wrong direction on the ramp from Refugee Road to westbound U.S. 33. (WSYX/WTTE)

Amanda Griggs is in intensive care at Grant Medical Center after her family's car was hit by a wrong way driver. Grigg's mother-in-law Betty Griggs, 63, was killed in the crash that happened Tuesday about 12:50 pm. Amanda's daughters Drea, 8, and Nola, 2, were in the car and also critically injured.

Police said Richard Hough was operating a Chevy Tahoe in the wrong direction on the ramp from Refugee Road to westbound U.S. 33. Investigators said Hough collided with the Nissan Sentra which was traveling in the correction direction on the ramp.

Hough was taken to Grant Medical Center where he was processed by police who had a search warrant. Police said blood tests are pending analysis. No charges have yet been filed and Hough was admitted to Grant in stable condition.


Hough's mother Charmagne, 65 said she is about the same age as the woman who was killed in the crash. "We are all family, all of this in this world, so it hurts when you hear things happening to other folks and when it happens to you it hurts too."

Charmagne Hough said her son has helped take care of her after her husband died recently. Investigators said Hough was taken to Grant for some injuries where he was processed by police with a search warrant for blood as an impaired driver. Police said Hough showed visible signs of impairment and marijuana was found in his S-U-V.

"I have been praying a lot about the world and for all of us just to be able to enjoy life and appreciate what we have and what we don't have," said Charmagne Hough.

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