Fayetteville mom crashes car into 3 homes; 4-year-old daughter critically injured

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – Three homes were damaged and two people were injured, including a 4-year-old, after a driver crashed into three homes in Fayetteville after fleeing from the scene of a car crash in Hope Mills Saturday night, Fayetteville police said.

Officers responded to a report of a vehicle crashing into a home in the 1800 block of Berriedale Drive in the Shadowlawn subdivision near the Bingham Drive corridor around 9:30 p.m.


The preliminary investigation shows that a vehicle crash occurred in Hope Mills at Cumberland Road and Hope Mills Road, after which the suspect vehicle fled the scene after crashing into an SUV. The driver of the SUV followed the Ford Fusion that had crashed into their vehicle and were able to get the license plate number, police said.

The Fusion entered the Shadowlawn subdivision and crashed into two homes along the 1800 block of Berriedale Drive. The driver, identified as Shelley Renay Smith, 28, of Fayetteville, then drove away from the scene of the crash and continued to drive along Berriedale Drive before crashing into a third home along the 1600 block of the road. The third crash disabled the vehicle from further operation, police said.

Smith was transported to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center and is listed in fair condition. Her 4-year-old daughter who was also in the car was severely injured and is listed in critical condition at UNC Hospitals.

The occupants of the Tahoe were not injured during the crash in Hope Mills. Two of the homes that were hit on Berriedale Drive were occupied at the time of the crashes and no one was injured inside the homes.

The incidents are currently under investigation.

Hope Mills police charged Smith with

  • Failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision
  • Failing to secure a child in a safety seat
  • Misdemeanor driving while license revoked
  • Misdemeanor failing to stop at the Scene of an accident

Charges against Smith in Fayetteville are still pending.

Anyone with information regarding the traffic crash is asked to contact Officers with the Fayetteville Police Department’s Traffic Unit at (910) 433-1885 or Crimestoppers at (910) 483-TIPS (8477).  Crimestoppers information can also be submitted electronically, by visiting http://fay-nccrimestoppers.org and completing the anonymous online tip sheet or by text-a-tip on your mobile device by sending a message to 274637 (in the text box type “4Tip” followed by your message).

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