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.