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18-year-old who hit 2 kids getting off bus in Willowick given maximum sentence in court

Posted at 1:30 PM, Jul 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-18 13:38:41-04

WILLOWICK, Ohio — The 18-year-old who admitted to hitting two children getting off their Willowick school bus in May was sentenced in court Thursday.

Daila La’Shay Wilson, of Euclid, was charged with failing to stop after an accident, passing a stopped school bus, reckless operation and driving left of center lane, according to court records.

Wilson was sentenced to 180 days in Lake County Jail, the maximum allowed for her charges.

In addition to jail time, Wilson was also sentenced to have her license suspended for three years with no privileges, ordered to pay court fees and $1,150 in fines and ordered to pay restitution to the victims.

Wilson left the scene of the accident after hitting the two children but eventually turned herself into police.

Wilson originally pleaded not guilty to the charges, but a court docket shows a change of plea. After receiving plea bargains, Wilson’s lawyer entered a no contest plea, requiring the prosecutors return to the court room to re-discuss.

Once in court, prosecutors told Judge Marisa Cornachio they were recommending a sentence of 15 days in jail, fines and court costs.

Wilson, who turned 18 just weeks prior to the hit-skip incident, was previously on probation for apparent violent juvenile offenses.

The 18-year-old also tested positive in court for marijuana, according to Judge Cornachio.

“I’ve considered the facts and circumstances of this particular case and I find that the facts of this offense make this offense the most serious form of the offense,” Judge said “Leaving the scene of an accident involving two seven-year-olds is the worst form of a hit-skip, in my opinion.”

One of the victims was present in court and he and his mother presented victim impact statements before Judge Cornachio.

After being given the maximum sentence, Wilson asked Judge Cornachio for fewer days in jail, to which she responded, "If there was more time, if I could give you more days in jail under the law I would because this is the worst form of the offense."

Wilson will appear back in court at a later date to determine the amount of restitution she will have to pay to the victims.

Watch the full court hearing in the player below: