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Woman charged with DWI in I-95 wreck that killed granddaughter

Posted October 9, 2012

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— A Cumberland County woman has been charged with driving while impaired in a weekend accident on Interstate 95 that killed her granddaughter, authorities said Tuesday.

Tracy Lynne Blackmon, 46, of 8830 Looking Glass Road in Linden, also was charged with reckless driving and a child restraint violation.

Blackmon was southbound on I-95 in Robeson County on Saturday afternoon when her 2004 Chevrolet SUV went off the left side of the highway and overturned in the median, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. An accident report noted that the vehicle was traveling at about 80 mph when it went off the road.

Chances Briggs, 4, of Fayetteville, was thrown from the vehicle and killed. Blackmon's daughter, Shaniah Blackmon, 15, of Linden, also was thrown from the vehicle, but she suffered injuries that authorities said weren't life-threatening.

The accident report notes that neither Briggs nor Shaniah Blackmon were wearing seat belts or any other restraints in the SUV.

Tracy Blackmon, passenger Sherrie Lee Miller, 33, and her two children, Michael Miller, 3, and Tamia Miller, 17 months, all of Fayetteville, also suffered injuries that weren't life-threatening. All four were restrained in the vehicle.

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  • Coolbreeze Oct 10, 2012

    And the drunk walks away with non-life threatening injuries...

  • baldchip Oct 10, 2012

    Throw away the key!!! ENOUGH already!! Drunks are killing toooo many good citizens!!

  • tammylock77 Oct 10, 2012

    So tragic. I cannot believe that a 46-year old grandmother is that irresponsible. I am so glad that the passenger and her kids were restrained or it could have been an even bigger tragedy.

  • luvmynmls Oct 10, 2012

    @dwr1964 - Are you commenting on the right article? This was a one vehicle crash, and all the passengers listed were riding together in the same vehicle.

  • OneLove Oct 10, 2012

    "Does this really surprise people anymore?" ~ No, not really. You have hit the nail on the head. Parents are NOT parenting and everyone wonders WHY?? HOW?? Because you DID NOT DO WHAT YOU SHOULD HAVE!! I just can't believe she didn't put the baby in a car seat but put her own seat belt on. Disgusting.

  • angela32nc2 Oct 10, 2012

    Does this really surprise people anymore? I mean really it seems as a society we have a lack of care for anyone other than ourselves. I see daily children not in seat belts and never is there a seat belt safety check near a school during the morning or afternoons. It's like we have to babysit parents because they could care less if the child is safe or not. May the child rest in piece and the grandmother live daily knowing her carelessness took the child's life. I only hope this serves as her wake up call and not a way to blame someone or something else for her actions.

  • dwr1964 Oct 10, 2012

    I could write all night on the things that could have led up to this tragady, and they are pretty obvious. Lack of concern for the kids, lack of desire to live by the law, lack of concern for any other driver on the roads, I could go on. Now the driver of the car that was hit was driving responsibly, had her kids strapped in, was not drunk, and did have concern for others. Now let's just take a quick peek at the 1 huge difference between these two people.

  • awood2 Oct 10, 2012

    was no one in the vehicle smart enough to tell grandma no you are not driving you have been drinking. I will drive?!!! OMG!

  • harleysfather60 Oct 10, 2012

    You can be really messed up ie: broken back, neck, bones etc.. and still be considered as having none life threatening injuries.

  • OneLove Oct 10, 2012

    Grandma felt the need to put HER OWN seatbelt on, but not her granddaughter's?

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