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More charges filed against mom in fatal DWI wreck

Posted April 13, 2011

— A Jones County woman whose 2-year-old daughter died following a wreck near Roseboro two weeks ago has been charged with her death, authorities said Wednesday.

Becky Jane Lavendier, 26, of Trenton, was charged Sunday with felony death by motor vehicle and three counts of felony serious injury by motor vehicle. She previously was charged with driving while impaired, careless and reckless driving and failure to properly restrain a child.

The Highway Patrol said Lavendier was trying to pass a westbound vehicle on N.C. Highway 24 on March 30 when her Lincoln sedan collided head-on with a Mitsubishi Galant.

Alexandria McMaster died at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center last week from injuries suffered in the wreck.

Lavendier's other three children – Samantha Hawkins, 9, Elizabeth Hawkins, 8, and Barbara McMaster, 4 – also were injured in the wreck. Barbara has been released from Sampson Regional Hospital, while Samantha was listed in good condition Wednesday at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center and Elizabeth was in fair condition.

Troopers said none of the four children was in a child car seat.

The driver of the Mitsubishi, Tiffany Lechelle Carlton, of Warsaw, has been released from Sampson Regional Hospital.

Lavendier was released from the Sampson County jail after posting a $50,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear in court on Friday.


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  • angela32nc2 Apr 14, 2011

    Mother of the year award goes to..... NOT! I don't think enough is done to make sure children are in carseats. I've been through DWI check points but never a check point for carseats. I sincerely hope the children aren't failed more by the system as they grow. When your mother gives up on ya what's next? Pray for the children and the little angel in heaven.

  • obx_native13 Apr 13, 2011

    @sarahsoandso - I also call the police if I see children not in their carseats. I would feel horrible if something happened and I knew that I could have done something. It's an adults job to keep children safe.

  • way2go Apr 13, 2011

    Why didn't they charge her with 4 courts of felony serious injury by motor vehicle? She seriously injured the person in the other car too.

  • cbarnett Apr 13, 2011

    where are the kids?

  • sarahsoandso Apr 13, 2011

    Any time I see a child or multiple children running around and playing inside a moving vehicle I get the license plate number, make and model of the vehicle and call the police. There is absolutely no justification to not properly restrain your child. That in and of itself is negligence, even if no one dies.

  • wakegunguy Apr 13, 2011

    Throw her under the jail.

  • ThePhwner Apr 13, 2011

    WRAL posts an article about a stupid woman who killed her kid, and people want to pick on the grammar? Wow.

  • Trixie Apr 13, 2011

    She'll have to live with that the rest of her life. Which will probably make her drink more.

  • jbarron4950 Apr 13, 2011

    Troopers said none of the four children was in a child car seat.

    Come on, really? was does not = were ...please correct the ebonics......Th3 Postm4n

    It's called bad English, not ebonics!

  • anneonymousone Apr 13, 2011

    "Ebonics" has nothing to do with this, Th3Postm4n, and the article is grammatically correct.

    "None" is the subject of that clause, not "the four children." "None" means "not one," and therefore takes a singular verb.