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Mom charged with DWI after children hurt in wreck

Posted March 30, 2011
Updated March 31, 2011

— A Jones County woman faces a drunken driving charge following a Wednesday morning collision near Roseboro that injured her and her four children, authorities said.

Becky Jane Lavendier, 26, of Trenton, was trying to pass another westbound vehicle on N.C. Highway 24 shortly after 8 a.m. when her Lincoln sedan collided head-on with a Mitsubishi Galant, said Trooper J.L. Murphy of the state Highway Patrol.

"She had the slurred speech. Her eyes were bloodshot, red and glassy," Murphy said of Lavendier, adding that he also smelled alcohol on her breath.

Lavendier was charged with driving while impaired, careless and reckless driving and failure to properly restrain a child.

Murphy said the children weren't in car seats, but he hadn't determined by late Wednesday whether anyone in Lavendier's car was wearing a seat belt.

"You think that a parent would take care of kids better than that and not put them in jeopardy such as she has," he said.

Numerous head-on collision have occurred on the two-lane N.C. 24 between Fayetteville and Clinton in the past, and Murphy said an impaired driver on a rain-slick road increases the likelihood of a wreck.

Mom charged with DWI after children hurt in wreck Mom charged with DWI after children hurt in wreck

"You've got several passing zones, but they're short. You've got some people who probably take a chance," he said.

Three children in Lavendier's car – Samantha Hawkins, 9, Elizabeth Hawkins, 8, and Alexandria McMaster, 2 – were taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville for treatment. Samantha was in good condition, while the other two children were in critical condition.

Lavendier and a fourth child in her car, Barbara McMaster, 4, were taken to Sampson Regional Hospital in Clinton for treatment. The child was listed in good condition, while Lavendier was in serious condition.

The driver of the Mitsubishi, Tiffany Lechelle Carlton, of Warsaw, also was taken to Sampson Regional Hospital, where she was listed in serious condition.


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  • shortcake53 Apr 1, 2011

    Someone on here thinks its her right to send vicious comments to others who golo. Your rant did not even make sense, and I am totally entitled to my opinion. You dont like it, too bad.

  • roarkrichard Mar 31, 2011

    ya it might be example but you know it not right for you pople to get on here and say all those mean thing yall are saying that is up to god not yall and that is my familly yall are talking about i am not saying its right but saying she needs to die well god will jude her when its time pls stop saying mean things about her we all know its not right

  • jaydosse Mar 31, 2011

    "Mom charged with DWI after children hurt in wreck"


    She is not a MOM, she is a drunk driver who jeopardized the lives of four innocent children and others as well.

  • jaydosse Mar 31, 2011

    26 years old with four children?? Lincoln sedan??? She must be a very wealthy young lady. Drunk in the morning????Goodness what goes on at night in her world???

    Social Services needs to remove the children permanently from the home and this irresponsible youngster.

  • inchworm714 Mar 31, 2011

    I can't even picture putting my two children into the car with no car seats. I couldn't do it, not for all the money in the world. Here, you have this woman, putting FOUR kids into the car with no car seats (if the story holds true) AND driving drunk. My mind can't even get that, from one mother to another HOW COULD YOU DO THIS??? My heart breaks for these poor kids.

  • rosebud6465 Mar 31, 2011

    I will tell all of u on here that none of u have not done something in your own life that was stupid and like Jesus said when the women was in the stoning pit to be stoned to death let the first one to throw a stone be one who has not sin and not one could throw the first stone and its the same here all of u r throwing stones and condeming this women and all of u have sinned not one of u r perfect and yet u talk like u r how i see this u all need to grow up this is a very sad thing that has happen and yes she may have been drinking but i dont know anyone who has been drunk that had a clear mind thats why its against the law to drive while u r drunk or have had any alchol drinks in your system cause u dont think clearly and yet u people on here act like one who had been drinking should have a clear mind and know clearly what they r doing if it was so then drinking and driving wouldnt be against the law but my point here is none of u r acting like adults so all of u need to grow up! my p

  • richards2 Mar 31, 2011

    This is a prime example of what is wrong in our sociaty today. Sadly, if the children end up in the system, they might not be any better off than they are now. All too often foster parents are worse than the real parent, and, are only in it for the money. everyone looses...mostly the children. All this because nobody is being held responsible for this mess with the exception the taxpayers.

  • WritNEWlaws Mar 31, 2011

    I hope she doesn't make it and her children get a wonderful home! If she is ok she will get them back.

  • shortcake53 Mar 31, 2011

    NO CAR SEATS????? That shows her level of parenting skills right there............

  • xandevalinour Mar 31, 2011

    why no child abuse charges? she intentionally placed these kids lives in danger