VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — It only took seconds for two lives to change.
Eight months after a deadly crash on Interstate 264, the suspect, 28-year-old Christopher Kita, was at the courthouse Monday to learn his punishment.
Kita was driving drunk, his BAC .14 almost two times the legal limit.
Prosecutors say he was tailgating and aggressively driving at an estimated 78 miles per hour going west on the interstate. That’s when he crashed into a car driven by 22-year-old Teja Freeman. Freeman was killed.
Kita pleaded guilty to the crime. Monday, during his sentencing, Freeman’s mom told the court that Kita not only took away her daughter, but also an angel.
Freeman was an honor student born on Christmas Day. She wanted to be a dental assistant.
Prosecutors say Kita was out on bond at the time of the crash. He was arrested just weeks before on a DUI charge in Chesapeake. The charge was later reduced to reckless driving.
Defense attorneys didn’t argue the severity of the crash, but the circumstances surrounding it.
They say Freeman was also driving drunk that night, with a blood alcohol level of .19 . She was out with friends celebrating a promotion at work.
Attorneys say Freeman was stopped in the middle of a lane on the interstate. Her lights and turn blinker were on. No one will ever be able to answer why she stopped her car.
Kita told the court there hasn’t been a single day since March 8 that he doesn’t think about the Freeman family. He said this accident has changed his life and he plans to dedicate it going forward to Freeman.
The judge sentenced Kita to 4 years and 30 days in prison.