Troopers: Driver charged w/ DWI, murder, & texting after fatal wreck

Posted: Feb 08, 2014 6:07 PM EST Updated: Feb 09, 2014 3:04 PM EST

BELMONT, NC (WBTV) – Troopers say Lavon Ramsey has died after being hit by a car in Belmont around noon on Saturday.

Troopers say the driver of the car, Belinda Strange Hudspeth, was driving an SUV when it ran off the right side of Perfection Avenue, hitting a small fence, mailboxes, and a handful trash cans.

The SUV continued into a front yard and hit Ramsey who was thrown into the road according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol. Belinda Strange Hudspeth

Ramsey was rushed to the hospital but has passed away, troopers say.

North Carolina Highway Patrol says the cause of the crash is related to distracted driving, and Hudspeth taking prescription drugs.

Gaston County Jail officials have confirmed Hudspeth is now facing several charges that are still pending.

The pending charges include reckless driving, failure to carry a valid drivers licence, DWI, text/email violation, and murder according to the Gaston County Jail website.

“I was sitting in the house watching TV and I heard a loud noise,” said Patricia Shuler, who witnessed the end of the collision. “She was laying in the middle of the road and the vehicle was stopped on the other side up in the yard.”

Shuler, along with others who live along Perfection Avenue, say it’s a dangerous stretch and people drive well above the posted speed limit of 35 mph.

“I’m still shook up about it,” said Shuler. “It was like it was happening in slow motion.”

Another neighbor, Clay Dunn, said he was in total shock when he heard the news.

“Words just cannot describe how bad I feel for Mr. Ramsey,” said Dunn.

Ramsey’s family respectfully declined to comment but asked for prayers.

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