Family tragedy: Man hurt in hit-and-run, mother and grandmother critically injured in fire

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 08:28:33 AM. Perry Rudolph, 41, was hurt in a hit-and-run crash Friday night when he rode his bicycle to the store to get some snacks for his 4-year-old granddaughter. While he was hospitalized - with nobody knowing where he was because he wasn't carrying identification - his mother and grandmother were critically injured in a Saturday afternoon house fire.
A Birmingham family is reeling after two separate weekend incidents left three of their loved ones with severe injuries on the same hospital floor, and it was days before they even knew it. Perry Rudolph, 41, was hurt in a hit-and-run crash Friday night when he rode his bicycle to the store to get some snacks for his 4-year-old granddaughter. While he was hospitalized - with nobody knowing where he was because he wasn't carrying identification - his mother and grandmother were critically injured in a Saturday afternoon house fire. "It's been hard,'' said Ashanti Clifton, Rudolph's stepdaughter. Clifton said her stepfather was keeping her 4-year-old son while she was in the hospital with her 4-year-old daughter. They are twins. When her daughter was released Friday, she went and picked up her son. Afterward, she said, Rudolph left his Brussels Circle home on his bicycle to go to the store to get some snacks for his granddaughter, but he never returned. They searched but to no avail. On Saturday afternoon, his absence became more dire when family tried to reach him about a house fire at his mother and grandmother's north Birmingham home. Birmingham Fire and Rescue got the call about a house fire in the 3400 block of 31st Street North around 2:37 p.m. Upon arrival, authorities said, firefighters discovered two women - Geraldine Rudolph and her daughter Pamela Thomas - were trapped in the house. Both were rescued and taken to UAB Hospital with life-threatening burns. They remain...Read more
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