Woman could serve 39 years for killing two kids during high-speed crash

13News Now Audrey Esther has the story

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WVEC) -- A jury recommends nearly forty years in prison for a woman who killed two children during a high speed chase in Portsmouth. The jury also found 21-year-old Takiara Lewis-White guilty of all eight criminal charges against her. 

“My life will never be the same,” says Teyeka Wilson.

Her daughters eight-year-old Destiny Wilson and five-year-old Shawnta Wilson died during a high-speed crash on I-264 in Portsmouth last September.

“I never fully move forward but I learned to live with the fact that they're not here,” Wilson says.

While fleeing police the driver Takiara Lewis-White exited the Greenwood Drive ramp at more than 90 miles per hour and crashed into some trees. She now faces at least 39 years behind bars and more than $31,000 in fines

“She deserved a lot more but that was their decision,” Wilson says of the jury’s recommendation.

The jury also found her guilty on all eight criminal charges against her.

“I guess the best part out of all of it is that she got found guilty on all charges,” Wilson says.

Those charges include two counts of murder and three counts of child abuse and neglect.

“But what time is going to be enough for me?” Wilson asks. 

Because no apology from Lewis-White, she says could be good enough she says even the tearful one she gave today.

“That was just for the jury. It wasn't for me. It was a front,” Wilson says.

With loved ones still by her side at the end of a difficult day Wilson offers this advice for others

“Be mindful who you trust with your children. Who you let around your kids,” she says.

Especially when they're in a car she says “make sure you put your kids in car safety seats.” 

Like her two daughter’s should have been, but weren't.

“It's no joke, no joke,” Wilson says.

Lewis-White's one-year-old son who was also in the car was in a child safety seat and survived. Lewis-White will appear again in court for her formal sentencing on December 13th.


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