NC 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 Shelly 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. Criminal charges are forthcoming, police said.

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