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Raleigh mom charged in 12-year-old son's motor-vehicle death

Posted November 19, 2014

Laura Lynne Smith

— Police on Wednesday arrested a Raleigh woman on charges stemming from the fatal wreck that killed her 12-year-old son last month.

Laura Lynne Smith, 49, was jailed under a $60,000 secured bond on charges of felony death by motor vehicle and driving while impaired in connection with the Oct. 13 afternoon crash on Creedmoor Road in Raleigh.

Antony Smith was with his mother when, police say, she lost control of her Chevrolet Suburban and ran off the road before coming to a rest against a tree between Sawmill and Lynn roads.

Antony Smith died at the scene, and Laura Smith had been in the hospital since.

Investigators found that Laura Smith was traveling at 74 mph in a 45-mph zone and had a blood alcohol level of 0.32 – four times the level at which a driver is considered impaired under North Carolina law.


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  • shd-be-doing-something-else Nov 20, 2014

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    I'll let you in on a secret. A functioning alcoholic can have a BAC much higher than you or I can and appear to be perfectly fine. A friend of mine went to Holly Hill for treatment back in 2011. Her BAC on arrival was 0.439. That level of BAC would incapacitate or kill most people. Her daily routine was to start drinking (vodka) from the moment she woke up until she went to bed, and she had been doing that for years, and was drinking a fifth (or more) per day. It was "normal" for her. She walked, talked and acted perfectly fine. Thankfully, she did eventually seek help through AA (before she hurt herself or someone else) and stuck with it, and has been sober for almost two years now.

  • Djofraleigh Anderson Nov 20, 2014
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    What a horrible parent, and what an unhappy person she must have been before this, and will be after this.

    Winos sitting on the curbs at midnight don't have higher blood alcohol than she did while driving her child that afternoon.

  • Fred Kozlof Nov 20, 2014
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    A very sad outcome. Jail won't help anything. She needs psychological treatment, and not drive for 10 years min, if EVER again. That will protect the public. Killing her son will be her lifelong punishment.

  • gunmonkey Nov 20, 2014

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    The AMA classified alcoholism as a "disease" in order to get funding to treat it like a disease. Alcoholism is no more a disease than smoking is or drug abuse. It is a disease upon society though

  • iopsyc Nov 20, 2014

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    The AMA first classified alcoholism as a disease back in the mid 1960s, when did they change their position?

  • John Barbara Nov 20, 2014
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    She doesn't need "help", that's an idiotic thing to say. Alcoholism is NOT a disease, the AMA is adamant about that. It is a series of CHOICES, nothing more. She chose to drink, she chose to drive, her choices killed her kid. It is inherently dishonest and outright evil to say things to the effect that her punishment is knowing her actions caused her son's death. She doesn't give a rat's rear end about that, she proved that by chosing to do what she did that she had no respect for the best interests, the safety, or even the life of that child.

  • dwntwnboy2 Nov 20, 2014

    No punishment the state or city can give her will ever be as great as the knowledge that her own actions killed her child. That is a guilt that she will have to face every day of her life. Hope she gets the help she's gonna need to deal with this.

  • gunmonkey Nov 20, 2014

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    in the afternoon...

  • gunmonkey Nov 20, 2014

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    She needed help long before this. Now she needs to be locked up. alcoholism is not an excuse. And if you consider alcoholism a disease, then so is smoking.

  • 1jalapeno Nov 20, 2014

    This woman has really messed up her life even if it wasn't messed up before. Now the judge has to protect the rest of us from her actions which in the future have a high probability of inflicting a lot of pain on innocent people. Her future state of mind does not look anything but bleak. I hope she finds some peace.