A Linden woman has been charged with driving while impaired in a Saturday crash on Interstate 95 that killed her 4-year-old granddaughter, the Highway Patrol said.
Tracy Lynne Blackmon, 36, of the 8800 block of Looking Glass Road, was cited also for failing to have the girl in a child restraint seat and reckless driving, according to a report filed by Trooper H.P. Locklear.
The crash happened at 4:26 p.m. in the southbound lanes just north of Exit 20 at St. Pauls, the report said.
Blackmon, driving a 2004 Chevrolet sport utility vehicle, was traveling about 80 mph in the 65 mph zone, Locklear said.
The SUV ran off the left side of the road, flipped over and landed on its top in the median, Locklear said.
Blackmon’s granddaughter, Chances Briggs, of 429 Lynhurst Drive in Fayetteville, was thrown from the vehicle when it flipped, Locklear said.
She was taken to Southeastern Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced dead, Locklear said.
Four others in the vehicle also were taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.
They were identified as Blackmon’s daughter, Shaniya Blackmon, 15, also of Linden; Sherrie Lynn Miller, 33, of the 6500 Baldoon Drive in Fayetteville, and her two children, Michael Miller, 3, and 1-year-old Tamia Miller.
The adults were wearing seat belts and the Miller children were in child restraint seats, Locklear said.