NC woman accused of texting in fatal wreck apologizes

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Belinda Strange Hudspeth, 45, of Gastonia

BELMONT, N.C. — A Gastonia woman accused of texting and driving and fatally hitting a pedestrian has apologized to the victim’s family.

WSOC reported that Belinda Strange Hudspeth, 45, apologized in court on Monday in the death of 75-year-old Lavon Ramsey.

Ramsey died Saturday when she was struck by a SUV on a street in Belmont.

The suspect is accused of driving a 1999 GMC Jimmy in Belmont on Saturday under the influence of prescription medication when the hit the victim.

Authorities said she was texting when she drove off the road, hitting a mailbox, several trash cans and a fence before crashing into Ramsey.

Officials said the victim died after being taken to the hospital.

Hudspeth faces charges of murder, reckless driving, failure to carry a valid driver’s license, driving while intoxicated and a text/email violation.

The suspect was being held on a $1 million bond.

Read more: WSOC

5 comments

  • MAN o MAN

    Accidents will happen What about these people who invade homes and murder the people living there. She should get the same as them. About 3 to 8 years in prison. Whats wrong with this.

  • Debbie

    I’m sure texting played a big part of this accident but I believe the major part was her being highly impaired and speeding too. This woman crashed into a mail box, trash cans, and a fence before striking the woman. If she was just merely distracted by texting you would think after hitting the first object she would of stopped.

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