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Driver charged in fatal Glenwood Avenue crash

Posted October 4, 2012

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— A driver has been charged in a fatal head-on collision late Wednesday near the intersection of Glenwood Avenue and Ebenezer Church Road, police said.

Stephanie Ann Smith, 26, no address available, was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle in the death of Lidia Del Valle Armeniakos.

Police said Smith was eastbound on Glenwood Avenue shortly before 10:30 p.m. when she crossed the median into the westbound lanes. Her 2006 Toyota SUV collided with Armeniakos' 2001 Toyota SUV.

Armeniakos, 56, was taken to Duke University Hospital, where she died. Smith was taken to WakeMed for treatment of injuries that police said weren't life-threatening.

Police said the crash remains under investigation.

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  • workinghuman33 Oct 5, 2012

    The girl was not texting or putting on makeup. She fell asleep behind the wheel. I know the person's friend.-funnyohiogirl81

    If the above statement is true, that's pretty surprising at 10:30 pm....did she work several jobs? I cannot imagine being that tired at 10:30 pm. I know there are many reasons there could be like staying up with a teething baby all night, etc. (many reasons). I imagine they equate falling asleep at the wheel to driving under the influence of something, the something here being exhaustion. No matter how many gadgets you have in your vehicle you, the driver, are still supposed to be the safest thing in your vehicle. I am so sorry for the lose to the family of the deceased and I am also very sorry that Ms. Smith's life has forever changed. Truly a sad story.

  • funnyohiogirl81 Oct 4, 2012

    The girl was not texting or putting on makeup. She fell asleep behind the wheel. I know the person's friend.

  • redant Oct 4, 2012

    How do they charge someone before they are done investigating the cause of the crash?

    All that's needed is probable cause.

  • Scubagirl Oct 4, 2012

    apparently they have done enough investigating to know she crossed the median prior to the head on crash. Or, there's more to come out.

    Such a tragedy, 1 life lost 1 changed forever....would be interested to know why she crossed the median......pure accident, texting, talking on phone or what?

  • halfpint1552 Oct 4, 2012

    How do they charge someone before they are done investigating the cause of the crash?

  • 2gurlz2boyzMom Oct 4, 2012

    "One person died late Wednesday following a wreck involving two cars "
    "The driver of the other car involved in the wreck was taken to the hospital"
    "Authorities did not release the person's name or condition"

    they didn't release either name, and the condition of the 2nd driver. it's not that hard people!

  • mpheels Oct 4, 2012

    I agree, it's an awkward sentence. They were either referring to the other driver, or they wrote the "condition not released statement" then found out/updated and forgot to edit.

  • Scubagirl Oct 4, 2012

    ScubaGirl.....I think they were referring to the other driver.....

    maybe, maybe not....one can never tell sometimes

  • dbop90 Oct 4, 2012

    ScubaGirl.....I think they were referring to the other driver.....

  • Scubagirl Oct 4, 2012

    Very sad. Condolences to the family and loved ones.

    BUT WRAL you DID release the condition......