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Raleigh mother charged in son’s death still hospitalized

A Raleigh woman faces additional charges related to the death of her son in a crash on Creedmoor Road on Tuesday afternoon, but authorities say she is fighting for her own life in the hospital.

Police say Laura Lynne Smith, 49, was heavily impaired Tuesday afternoon while driving a Chevrolet Suburban that ran off Creedmoor Road at high speed and hit a street sign and three trees before rolling over.

Smith’s son, 12-year-old Antony Smith, was pronounced dead at the scene. Smith was listed in serious condition at WakeMed on Thursday.

Antony was a seventh-grader at Ligon Magnet Middle School in Raleigh. He had attended Wake County Public Schools since kindergarten, said schools spokesman Bill Poston.

“It is certainly something that has impacted the school community,” Poston said Thursday. “It’s been stressful. It’s very, very sad.”

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.

Investigators determined that Smith had been drinking and had a blood alcohol content of 0.32, four times the legal limit of 0.08.

On Tuesday, police charged her with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and exceeding a safe speed, but additional charges are coming, said police spokesman Laura Hourigan.

Police estimate Smith was going 74 mph when she lost control of her SUV, according to a police accident report. The speed limit in that section of Creedmoor Road is 45 mph.

Antony was in the back seat at the time of the accident. A woman who called 911 to report the accident said the Suburban was driving “very erratically” and that it ended up in a ravine and was “crushed.”

Both Antony and his mother were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

Laura Smith is a native of Maryland. Her lone criminal offense was a citation for speeding in Virginia, where she was working in 2005 as a certified pharmacy technician, according to state records.

Smith was convicted of traveling 68 mph along a highway with a posted speed limit of 55 mph, state records show.