- Associated Press - Thursday, October 6, 2016

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - A jury has recommended 39 years in prison for a woman who crashed into some trees while trying to flee from a state trooper, killing two children who were ejected from her SUV.

News outlets report that 21-year-old Takiara Lewis-White of Portsmouth was convicted Wednesday of charges including felony murder and child neglect in the wreck, which killed 8-year-old Destiny Wilson and her 5-year-old sister, Shawnta Wilson.

Neither child was related to Lewis-White and neither was wearing a seat belt. Lewis-White’s own 1-year-old son was in a child safety seat and survived.

Authorities say the trooper was trying to stop Lewis-White for speeding in September 2015 when she tried to exit Interstate 264 at more than 90 miles per hour and crashed.

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