New charges filed against woman accused in fatal crash that killed two little girls in Portsmouth

Posted at 5:21 PM, Feb 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-28 14:52:56-04

Portsmouth, Va. - Update: New charges have been filed against the woman accused of speeding in the Portsmouth crash that claimed the lives of two little girls.

According to court records, Takiara Lewis-White has been charged with felony murder, child neglect, eluding police, and driving with a suspended license.

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They were both killed in a crash on I-264 in Portsmouth.

Police say a family friend, 20-year-old Takiara Lewis-White, was speeding behind the wheel. She was charged with murder.

But not anymore - the Commonwealth's Attorney dropped the charges.

It's because of a timing issue.

There was a conflict of interest when it came to the Portsmouth Commonwealths' attorney, so they requested a special prosecutor from Suffolk at the last minute.

The new prosecutor told NewsChannel 3 over the phone that legally, they have five months after a preliminary hearing to send the case to trial.

However, since the new prosecutor was given the case at the last minute, he didn't have time to properly investigate it.

Now, Lewis-White is free without any charges against her, but that could all change as the prosecutor continues to research the case.

Once the research is complete, Lewis-White could be charged again.