A Henrico County, Virginia judge found Keia Mona Hewlett, a mother of 3, guilty in connection with the death of her friend’s daughter, 14-year-old Dajanae White, over Spring Break. Hewlett faced charges of aggravated involuntary manslaughter, five counts of felony child endangerment, and a charge of driving under the influence.
Here’s What We Know:
On April 13th, around 4:00 a.m. in the morning, Hewlett was driving a 2004 Ford Taurus in a reportedly aggressive manner with two 11-year-old boys, a 15-year-old boy, 16-year-old girl, and 14 year-old Dajanae White. White, a ninth-grader at Highland Springs High School, was Hewlett’s daughter’s friend. While driving, according to NBC 12, Hewlett lost control of the car and hit a concrete post along with a tree which resulted in her car flipping several times. Out of all the passengers in the vehicle, White was the only fatality. She was in the backseat with 3 other children and she was not wearing a seat belt.
Sadly, before the car crash, White was on the phone with her mother, Latarsha White, from the backseat. Her mother reportedly heard the crash happen before the phone disconnected.
According to NBC 12, at the crash site, police reported that Hewlett “…had a strong odor of alcohol, thick, slurred speech and water/glassy eyes.” Hewlett allegedly admitted to police officers that she had 3 shots of Amsterdam Vodka and that she had one more drink before driving off. She was partying at her sister’s home and allegedly became angry when her daughter was ready to go home. Hewlett’s sister, who wanted to remain anonymous, spoke with NBC 12 and shared that Hewlett was devastated over White’s death. In court on Thursday, Hewlett pleaded guilty to five counts of felony child abuse and to driving under the influence. Sentencing has been set for January 31st.
Latarsha White, Dajanae White’s mother, shared that her daughter had plans of going to college and becoming a doctor. Latarsha as well as Dajanae’s dad was heartbroken over their daughter’s death as she was the only child.
She was an awesome child, her mother said through tears to WTVR. She never gave me problems. She was my protector when I cried. She was my everything.