Woman apologizes in pedestrian’s texting death

Cell Phone (KSN File Photo)
Cell Phone (KSN File Photo)

BELMONT, N.C. (AP) — A southern North Carolina woman, who authorities say hit and killed a pedestrian while texting, has apologized.

Forty-five-year-old Belinda Strange Hudspeth apologized to the victim’s family in court Monday in Belmont, outside Charlotte.

Seventy-five-year-old Lavon Ramsey died Saturday when she was struck by a SUV on a street in Belmont.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol says Hudspeth was texting while driving and was impaired by prescription medication when the wreck occurred.

Investigators say her SUV ran off the right side of the road and hit Ramsey outside her home.

Hudspeth faces charges of murder, reckless driving, failure to carry a valid driver’s license, driving while intoxicated and a text/email violation. She was being held on a $1 million bond. It was not clear if she has a lawyer.

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