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Court docs: Driver was drinking vodka night of fatal crash that killed Henrico teen

Current mugshot of Keia Hewlett (Source: Henrico Jail West) Current mugshot of Keia Hewlett (Source: Henrico Jail West)
Mugshot of Keia Hewlett from previous arrest (Source: Henrico Police) Mugshot of Keia Hewlett from previous arrest (Source: Henrico Police)
HENRICO, VA (WWBT) -

The driver in a fatal crash that killed a Henrico teenager has now been indicted.

Keia Mona Hewlett is facing eight charges, including felony murder, in the death of 14-year-old Dajanae White, a student at Highland Springs High School.

Other charges include driving while under the influence, involuntary manslaughter and five child abuse charges.

White was killed in the crash on Darbytown Road in April during spring break. There were six people total in the car, including Hewlett, two other teenagers and two children. Everybody else survived.

Court documents say Hewlett was at her sister's house around 10:30 p.m. where she admitted to police "...she had 3 shots of Amsterdam vodka" and "...she had the last drink before leaving."

NBC12 did speak to the sister, who lives in the apartment complex. She did not want to go on camera but said Hewlett has been hurting since the accident. She also told said that Hewlett's three children were inside that car, along with a nephew and Dajanae.

She said Dajane was like a niece to her.

Court documents say the car ran off the road, hit a concrete post and a tree and flipped several times ejecting passengers. At the crash site, police said Hewlett  "...had a strong odor of alcohol, thick, slurred speech and water/glassy eyes."

Another court document shows Hewlett was below the legal limit for alcohol at .049, but she also had prescription medication, tramadol, in her system.

"As adults, we've got to do a better job of trying to protect children placed in that situation," said Chris Konschak with MADD Virginia.

MADD Virginia says taking action could prevent tragedies like this.

"Call law enforcement immediately," he said.  "Give them as much information about the vehicle, where they think the vehicle is headed, the driver and let them know there is a child in the car."

Hewlett was booked at Henrico Jail West on Wednesday, then later posted $12,000 bond. Hewlett had served jail time before for a grand larceny and forgery charges.

Hewlett is due back in court at the end of the month.

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