Woman convicted in fatal I-264 crash to serve 24 years

Takiara D Lewis-White

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — The woman convicted in a fatal crash on Interstate 264 was sentenced to 24 years to serve in a Virginia correctional facility.

A jury found Takiara Lewis-White guilty in October on eight charges — including murder and child neglect — related to the September 2015 crash.

The crash resulted in the deaths of 8-year-old Destiny Wilson and 5-year-old Shawnta Wilson. Investigators say they were not wearing seat belts.

Lewis-White and her baby boy survived the wreck.

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Prosecutors on Tuesday called Teyeka Wilson, the mother of Destiny and Shawnta Wilson, to the stand. Wilson testified she has started therapy for the death of her children, and that she had to leave the home she was living in at the time of the crash.

Defense attorneys for Lewis-White called three witnesses to stand, including an aunt and her grandmother.

The witnesses described Lewis-White as a loving and caring person who became quiet and visibly shaken after the accident.

ILewis-White crashed her car after she lost control on an exit ramp at Greenwood Drive. Virginia State Police say Lewis-White was driving well over 100 mph before the crash.

Dash cam video played in court during the trial showed that spare tire blew on the Honda Pilot Lewis-White was driving, causing her to crash into a tree.

Lewis-White took to the stand Tuesday and a statement about how she was sorry, felt the Wilson’s pain. She asked for forgiveness and said she takes full responsibility for the accident.

She faces a $31,500 fine and three years of probation once he sentence is up.

Lewis-White’s defense is planning to appeal.

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