Lakeesha Smith to be sentenced Wednesday for death of Tundun Lawani

Mugshot of accused hit-and-run driver Lakeesha Smith, 33, of Galesburg. Smith is being charged in the death of Tundun Lawani '14. (Courtesy of Knox County Jail)

Mugshot of accused hit-and-run driver Lakeesha Smith, 33, of Galesburg. Smith is being charged in the death of Tundun Lawani ’14. (Courtesy of Knox County Jail)

Lakeesha Smith, 34, of Galesburg will receive her sentence this Wednesday for the hit-and-run accident that killed Knox student Tundun Lawani ’14 last October.

She faces four to 15 years for a count of reckless homicide and two to five years for leaving the scene of an accident. Charges of aggravated DUI and driving under the influence were dropped over the summer as part of a plea bargain agreement.

Smith was arrested by Galesburg police on Oct. 28, 2012 at approximately 7  a.m. after authorities traced her car to evidence left at the crime scene. Surveillance video and eyewitness testimony also placed her at the scene.

Her blood-alcohol content revealed that she had been drinking heavily before she fatally struck Lawani at approximately 3 a.m. at the intersection of South and West streets. She did not have a valid license nor insurance at the time.

Smith’s sentencing will take place at 1:30 p.m. in Room 204 A of the Knox County Courthouse.


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Matt Barry
Matt Barry is a senior majoring in international relations and double minoring in economics and German. This is his third year working for TKS, having served previously as discourse editor. He has worked for such organizations as the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Premier Tourism Marketing and the Council on American Islamic Relations-Chicago, where his work appeared in such publications as Leisure Group Travel, Ski & Ride Club Guide and The Chicago Monitor. Matt has written his political opinion column, "The Voice of Reason," weekly for three years, which finished in first place at the 2012 Illinois College Press Association conference and was also recognized at the 2013 conference.

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Matt Barry
Matt Barry is a senior majoring in international relations and double minoring in economics and German. This is his third year working for TKS, having served previously as discourse editor. He has worked for such organizations as the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Premier Tourism Marketing and the Council on American Islamic Relations-Chicago, where his work appeared in such publications as Leisure Group Travel, Ski & Ride Club Guide and The Chicago Monitor. Matt has written his political opinion column, "The Voice of Reason," weekly for three years, which finished in first place at the 2012 Illinois College Press Association conference and was also recognized at the 2013 conference.




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