Jury recommends 38 years in prison for driver found guilty in crash that killed two children

13News Now Audrey Esther has the story

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WVEC) -- A jury found a driver guilty of all charges she faced in connection to a crash that killed two children in 2015.

Jury members recommended that Takiara Lewis-White serve 38 years in prison and one year in jail Wednesday.

Lewis-White led a state trooper on a high-speed chase down Interstate 264 in September of last year. She crashed her car, killing 8-year-old Destiny Wilson and 5-year-old Shawnta Lewis.

A jury convicted her on two counts of Felony Murder, three counts of Felony Child Abuse, one count of Eluding Police, one count of Driving with a Suspended License, and one count of Reckless Driving.

The prosecution said Lewis-White and the girls' mother were good friends.

During the trial, the trooper who was involved testified that Lewis-White refused to stop when he turned on his cruiser's lights. He said he had to drive at more than 100 miles per hour to catch up to her.

Dash cam video from the trooper's car showed the beginning of the chase and the crash that ended it. After the wreck, the trooper tried to save Destiny and Shawnta.

In the video, Lewis-White is screaming, "My baby! My baby!" and her 1-year-old son crying.


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