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Woman charged in DWI killing has record of drug convictions

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com

A woman who police say was driving while impaired and texting when she struck and killed a 75-year-old woman has a lengthy criminal history with multiple convictions for drug crimes.

Belinda Strange Hudspeth, 45, was in Gaston County Jail on Sunday, charged with second-degree murder, driving while impaired, texting while driving, careless and reckless driving, and driving without carrying a license, according to Trooper J.J. Waters.

Waters said Hudspeth was traveling east on Perfection Avenue in an SUV around noon Saturday when the vehicle ran off the right side of the road, striking Lavon Ramsey, who was walking in a yard on her way to visit a neighbor.

Hudspeth’s criminal history dates back to 2005, when she was convicted of possession of drug paraphernalia and obtaining property by false pretenses. In 2009, Hudspeth was convicted of more serious charges: trafficking heroin and other drugs, driving while impaired, and several counts of possession of drugs with intent to sell.

On the most recent charges, Hudspeth has a court appearance on Monday morning determine if her bond would be changed.

Family members and friends of Ramsey had gathered at her house to mourn on Sunday, but declined to comment to a reporter.

Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson
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