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

Posted October 9, 2012 3:46 p.m. EDT

— 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.