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More charges filed against mom in fatal DWI wreck

Posted April 13, 2011 3:23 p.m. EDT

— A Jones County woman whose 2-year-old daughter died following a wreck near Roseboro two weeks ago has been charged with her death, authorities said Wednesday.

Becky Jane Lavendier, 26, of Trenton, was charged Sunday with felony death by motor vehicle and three counts of felony serious injury by motor vehicle. She previously was charged with driving while impaired, careless and reckless driving and failure to properly restrain a child.

The Highway Patrol said Lavendier was trying to pass a westbound vehicle on N.C. Highway 24 on March 30 when her Lincoln sedan collided head-on with a Mitsubishi Galant.

Alexandria McMaster died at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center last week from injuries suffered in the wreck.

Lavendier's other three children – Samantha Hawkins, 9, Elizabeth Hawkins, 8, and Barbara McMaster, 4 – also were injured in the wreck. Barbara has been released from Sampson Regional Hospital, while Samantha was listed in good condition Wednesday at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center and Elizabeth was in fair condition.

Troopers said none of the four children was in a child car seat.

The driver of the Mitsubishi, Tiffany Lechelle Carlton, of Warsaw, has been released from Sampson Regional Hospital.

Lavendier was released from the Sampson County jail after posting a $50,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear in court on Friday.