• Troopers: Woman faces murder charge after fatal accident

    By: Catherine Bilkey


    BELMONT, N.C. - A woman is behind bars, facing second-degree murder and other charges on suspicion of killing a grandmother. Troopers say Belinda Hudspeth was on prescription drugs and texting when she ran off the road, killing 75-year-old Lavon Ramsey.

    On Perfection Avenue, near Hickory Grove, there are overturned trash cans, a broken mailbox and a demolished fence.
    The trooper handling the case said the victim was in her neighbor’s yard when it happened. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.

    Hudspeth was taken away in handcuffs. Trooper J.J. Waters told Eyewitness News she admitted to texting and driving, and they also believe she was under the influence of prescription drugs.

    “It’s very sad,” Waters said. “It’s disheartening.”

    “Used [to have] to worry about an occasional intoxicated driver; now you gotta worry about people on pain pills, texting…just being plain stupid,” one of Ramsey’s neighbors said.

    Hudspeth is facing second-degree murder, texting while driving, DWI and reckless driving.

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