A Raleigh woman made her first court appearance Thursday afternoon more than a month after she was accused of driving drunk when her SUV crashed, killing her 12-year-old son.
Laura Lynne Smith of 8617 Wellsley Way was released from WakeMed Raleigh early Wednesday morning and taken to the Wake County jail on charges of felony death by motor vehicle and driving while impaired, according to warrants filed at the Wake County Magistrate’s Office.
Smith, 49, remained in jail Thursday in lieu of $51,000 bail.
Police say Smith had a blood alcohol content of 0.32, four times the legal limit of 0.08, when she lost control of her Chevrolet Suburban on Creedmoor Road in North Raleigh on Oct. 13.
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Police estimate Smith was going 74 mph when she left the road, hit a street sign and three trees before rolling over, according to a police accident report. The speed limit in that section of Creedmoor Road is 45 mph.
A woman who called 911 to report the accident said the Suburban was moving “very erratically” and that it ended up in a ravine and was “crushed.”
Smith’s son Antony, a seventh-grader at Ligon Magnet Middle School, was in the back seat. Both Antony and his mother were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.
Antony had been out of school for more than an hour when the crash took place about 3:45 p.m. The site of the crash, on Creedmoor Road between Sawmill and Lynn roads, is a little more than a mile south of the Smith home on Wellsley Way.
Laura Smith’s lone criminal offense was a citation for speeding in Virginia in 2005 when she was convicted of traveling 68 mph along a highway with a posted speed limit of 55 mph, state records show.