MPD: Pregnant woman killed during crash at I-240 and Lamar

By: Lauren Coleman


MEMPHIS, TN - A pregnant woman her unborn child were killed Sunday morning following a fiery car crash in Memphis.

The woman has been identified by family as Crystal Hudson. 

Rodney McClendon said he was coming down I-240 on his way home from work when he saw a crashed car on the side of the road. 

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“Happen to see a blaze so as I was pulling up I pulled over,” McClendon said.

“I got out and I saw the Sheriff giving the lady CPR, but he wasn’t giving her mouth to mouth.”

That’s when McClendon said he jumped into help.

“Because he was pumping just pumping,” McClendon explained

“Everybody standing around with their phones put it on Facebook to go live. I got upset like why is everybody trying to go live help this lady.”

Police said the car was traveling northbound on the interstate when it ran off the road and hit a concrete barrier.

The car flipped and landed on its roof and caught fire.

Hudson was ejected from the vehicle.

McClendon said he started performing mouth to mouth.

“When I was holding her nose I hear gargling and I said something’s not right. Something’s not right So like I said when I let her nose go and some of the blood came out her nose,” He said.

Hudson was transported to the hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

Almost 20 weeks pregnant, her unborn child died just an hour later.

“I said man this lady had a baby and didn’t even get a chance to see the world, see the earth,” McClendon said.

McClendon said he continues to replay the driver’s last moments in his mind. Though she didn’t survive, he said he can be at peace knowing he did all he could.

“I never thought I would have to do that, but you know spur of the moment you never know what comes across you,” McClendon said.

“So I just said let me do what I can do. Right now I’m alright knowing that I tried.”

A male passenger who was in the vehicle was transported to the hospital in non-critical condition.

The car was completely burned and towed to the city lot.

McClendon told FOX13 he wants to get in touch with the family so he can pay his respect and give them closure.






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