Police: Woman who crashed into deputies was suicidal

The Associated Press

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FAYETTEVILLE – A woman who died after hitting the police cars of two Cumberland County deputies appeared to be trying to kill herself, authorities said.

Rebecca Holmes, 42, died Monday night when her SUV crossed the center line and smashed head-on into a deputy responding to a call that Holmes had slashed her wrists, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Debbie Tanna said.

The deputy suffered a broken ankle and a severe cut to her hand, Tanna said.

Holmes also hit a cruiser that had just arrived at her home as she backed out of her driveway. That officer was not injured, investigators said.

The deputies were responding to a 911 call from a friend that said Holmes has just cut her wrists twice and he was afraid she might be violent toward others.

“She won’t let me help her. Please, Rebecca,” the man told the 911 operator in the call.

Holmes can be heard saying something in the background, but her words weren’t clear. The man tells her “you’re not going anywhere” and tells the dispatcher moments later Holmes left in her SUV.

A second friend, Michelle Fontaine, told the newspaper that Holmes struggled with setbacks, but was always ready to help others.

“She had some tough times. It was one struggle after the other for her. She would take steps forward and then get hit again,” Fontaine said.

Fontaine was diagnosed with breast cancer while in college, but Holmes and other friends rallied around her to encourage her not to quit school.

But Holmes has her own health problems and struggled to find a job, Fontaine said.

“She was trying so hard to get her life back together, to get a job, to get a decent place for her son,” Fontaine said. “I saw hope, I saw promise that she was going to be able to do that.”