Judge sets $150K bond for Raleigh mom charged in son's SUV death
Posted November 20, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — A judge on Thursday increased the bond for a woman whose 12-year-old son died last month when, Raleigh police say, she crashed her Chevrolet Suburban into a tree while traveling at a speed of 74 mph.
Wake County District Judge Jacqueline Brewer raised Laura Lynne Smith's bond from $60,000 to $150,000 during a first court appearance on charges of felony death by motor vehicle and driving while impaired.
If convicted, Smith could face up to 20 years in prison on both charges.
Smith, 49, of 8617 Wellsley Way, was arrested Wednesday after more than a month in a local hospital, where she was treated for injuries she received in the Oct. 13 wreck on Creedmoor Road.
Authorities say Anthony Smith was killed when, around 3:45 p.m., his mother lost control of her SUV and ran off the road before coming to a rest against a tree.
Her blood-alcohol content, Wake County Assistant District Attorney Matt Lively said Thursday, was 0.34 – four times the level at which a driver is considered impaired under North Carolina law.
Raleigh attorney Roger Smith Jr., who is not related, had tried to get bond reduced, telling Brewer that Laura Smith – who appeared with casts on both her arms – isn't a flight risk and still needs around-the-clock medical care.
Authorities have declined to comment on the investigation, and Roger Smith would only say Laura Smith was devastated by what has happened.
"What you have here is beyond tragic," he said. "It's unimaginable."