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UPDATED: Pedestrian Killed at U of I
Updated October 10, 5:00 p.m.
A man whose truck struck and killed a University of Illinois student is blaming a medical condition for the crash.
The driver, 58-year-old Willie Craft, said he had a diabetic attack while driving.
Craft's truck hit and killed 20-year-old Mimi Liu Wednesday around 10 a.m. near a bus stop in Urbana. Another student is recovering in the hospital.
Police gave Craft two tickets for improper lane usage and driving without insurance, then released him.
Police have not confirmed if Craft is diabetic, and results from pending blood and urine tests could determine if charges will be filed.
The news isn't sitting well with students on campus.
"I think that's absurd," sophomore Brittany Cline said. "They should have at least charged him. He might not be in jail, but at least a charge or something, so they can do some investigation. He's just walking free and a girl is dead right now."
We reached out to the Champaign County State's Attorney for comment. She declined, citing the ongoing investigation.
We spoke to Craft by phone. He repeatedly told us how sorry he is for what happened.
Updated October 10, 11:00 a.m.
A 20-year-old woman died and another was injured after an out-of-control truck hit them as they walked along the University of Illinois campus in Urbana.
The Champaign News-Gazette identified the woman as Mimi Lue.
A second woman was hospitalized, and is in stable condition this morning.
Urbana police cited Willie Craft Sr., 58, for driving without insurance, and improper lane usage.
Investigators said Craft's truck left the road several times, drove across a sidewalk, and sideswiped another vehicle before jumping a curb and hitting the women.