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Child killed in Creedmoor Road wreck

Posted October 13, 2014

— A 12-year-old was killed Monday afternoon after the vehicle he was in crashed on Creedmoor Road between Sawmill and Lynn roads.

Antony Smith was riding in a Chevrolet K1500 Suburban travelling southbound on Creedmoor Road when its driver, Laura Smith, 49, lost control of the vehicle and ran off the roadway before coming to rest against a tree, police said.

Laura Smith was transported to WakeMed with serious but non-life threatening injuries. Antony Smith was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police were unable to confirm the relationship between Laura and Antony Smith.

Laura Smith was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and exceeding a safe speed.

The accident closed the southbound lanes of Creedmoor Road for about three hours.

The crash was so loud that Dempsey Walters thought it was a plane crash.

The vehicle crashed into a tree in his yard.

"It was bad. You could look at the van and you knew if there was anyone in that car they were seriously hurt or they were deceased," he said.


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  • Marcia Maloney Oct 15, 2014
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    This accident could have been avoided and this child would still be living if it weren't for his irresponsible mother. I am a mother of two and would never think to drive behind the wheel while intoxicated.

  • Mike Berthold Oct 14, 2014
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    "Huge strong"? Size doesn't automatically equate to strength. If you look at the crash test ratings for the Suburbans from the late 90's to early 2000's, they weren't that safe. Back then they adhered to truck standards which didn't require side impact door beams, crumple zones and an entire myriad of other safety features required in cars. Look at a 1997 to 2003 Ford F150. It was considered one of the worse vehicles on the road when it came to safety.

  • Kristin Byrne Oct 14, 2014
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    The driver had a 0.32 BAC. That explains a lot.

  • Linda Kerns Kellogg Oct 14, 2014
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    Maybe the driver had a medical emergency? Poor boy; another tragic young life lost. So heartbreaking.

  • USMC Vet Oct 14, 2014

    Death by motor vehicle is a misdemeanor?
    Even when one can see extreme negligence like this had to be to cause that much damage to a huge strong vehicle like a Suburban?

  • Jerry Sawyer Oct 14, 2014
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    We just will not slow down - no mater what.

  • mjkmj Oct 14, 2014

    Another WCPSS student lost. This is too tragic. I know two of his classmates. Why can't they determine the relationship? There has been no more information released. Why?

  • bfortyme Oct 14, 2014

    I pray for the family. This is so tragic.

  • oneday8035 Oct 14, 2014

    I travel that area every day and work just a couple of blocks away. At that time of day, it is hard to imagine being able to go fast enough to do that much damage, especially to that size of vehicle. Something just doesn't add up. Thoughts and prayers for the family.

  • hi61600 Oct 14, 2014

    sigh :(