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Mother of underage driver charged in Fayetteville wreck

Posted July 1, 2011

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— The mother of a 15-year-old who police say caused a wreck in Fayetteville this week faces criminal charges in the case.

Winona Marie Simmons, 43, of 830 Danish Drive, was charged Friday with two counts of misdemeanor child abuse and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She was released on a $2,500 bond.

Simmons said she asked her daughter to go to Walmart for food and medicine because she wasn't feeling well – she is pregnant and has arthritis – with a stop at a Citgo gas station on the way home.

"I'm sick. I thought it would be OK for her to get food and medicine. I'm so sorry," a sobbing Simmons said.

Yadkin Road wreck Mother of underage driver charged in Fayetteville wreck

Police said the unlicensed teen driver turned left into oncoming traffic Wednesday afternoon near the Citgo at the intersection of Yadkin and Fillyaw roads.

"There was a cement truck in front of her. She couldn't see around the truck," Simmons said.

Yordan Medina, a Fort Bragg soldier riding a motorcycle, and a pickup truck collided with the girl's car. Medina suffered serious injuries but was released Friday from Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

A second pickup swerved to avoid Medina's motorcycle and hit two other cars, police said.

"I apologize. I really apologize," Simmons said. "It was right up the street, less than a half a mile. I thought that everything would be fine."

The 15-year-old and her 10-year-old sister, who was riding in the car, suffered minor injuries, police said.

"She's mentally shook. She can't make complete statements. She's still in shock," Simmons said of her older daughter. "It just made me realize I need to be a better parent. I just need to accept more responsibility. I need to be stronger."

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  • SouthernGirlJD Jul 5, 9:53 a.m.

    bad parenting at its finest!

  • driverkid3 Jul 4, 10:59 a.m.

    This girl did have a learners permit, so mama could have gone with her. Someone mentioned her facebook page; I went there and read a lot of it. All I can say is this woman thinks WAAAY too much of herself and doesn't seem to be the smartest person in that area.

  • drachona1979 Jul 4, 9:52 a.m.

    the last statement " she needs to be stronger" thats a incorrect answer you need to grow so brains. for one you never let your child take your car when they are underage. if your sick and unable to do things for yourself call a friend are a family member. this should have never happened. so may were hurt for a parent makeing a bad choice. this is happening to much and it needs to stop. are kids are growing learning to do things they shouldnt and they are learning from there parents. are kids should be learning to grow up to be strong and smart young people who make the correct choices. so that when they have children they can pass what we pass to them. but this is a example of a parent who needs help and better training in makeing better choices.

  • bljnnc2004 Jul 1, 7:44 p.m.

    Utterly irresponsible.

  • jrfergerson Jul 1, 7:42 p.m.

    Now let me see what the actions of the mother say to the young lady: First, No matter what the laws are, it is ok to disobey them. Second, Go ahead listen to me even if you know what I tell you to do is wrong there will be no consequence to you actions -yep even if I told you to jump off a 3 story building and Third, My needs are more important than the outcome of the consequences of your actions. Furthermore, for the mother to put the little sister, who is 10 years old in danger, reflects she definitely had little concern for her actions either. Also, by this girl being 15 she should have already known right from wrong and insisted to her mom that if she was that sick to let her called 911 to take care of the situation. We as parents should take responsibility for the children we are training and if we teach them the wrong things to do it will last a lifetime. So when we tell our children something we need to understand that our children live what they learn and we need to start set

  • twc Jul 1, 7:41 p.m.

    jrbraswell, get an attorney! Not sure the insurance company will cover an unlicensed driver. Your insurance company may have to cover you through uninsured motorist provision if you have that.

  • twc Jul 1, 7:37 p.m.

    Most people have no idea how many unlicensed, under-skilled drivers are on the road every day and every night. And after they are charged they go right back out on the street. Look up the pending court cases and see how many have multiple court dates for the same charges.

  • twc Jul 1, 7:35 p.m.

    bigpinkstork, that's naive! The 15-year-old would be begging for a chance to drive. And that's the problem, the mother has been giving in letting her drive illegally and this is the result.

    She wasn't sick, that's a convenient excuse that's not even a good excuse to begin with.

    A teenage forced to drive? That's funny!

  • jrbraswell Jul 1, 7:27 p.m.

    This happened to my family also last year. A hispanic family sent their 16 yr. old daughter to school on a car and she was unlicensed and uninsured. It was the girl's uncle's car, though, that was insured. We are still getting treatment and care for continuing medical conditions that our two daughters injuries received in that accident that totaled our daughter's car. Should we get an attorney or just try to settle this ourselves with the insurance company? I would really like for anyone that has an opinion to let us know.

  • james27613 Jul 1, 7:20 p.m.

    Perhaps a neighbor could have taken the teens to the store?

    Or call a cab?

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