Tuesday, 29 March 2016 16:25

Woman Motorist Sentenced in Deaths of 2 Boys

Sparkel Hastings Sparkel Hastings SCSO
MEMPHIS – March 30, 2016 - A woman motorist who pled guilty last month to two counts of reckless vehicular homicide was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison for the deaths of two young boys last year, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Criminal Court Judge Glenn Wright denied a request for diversion or probation by defendant Sparkel Hastings, 27, of Frayser.
She pled guilty last month to two counts of vehicular homicide, aggravated assault and driving without a license. Sparkel was given consecutive sentences of five years each for the two homicides and concurrent sentences of four years and 11 months 29 days for the other two convictions.
Killed in the crash were Joshua McDowell and Darryl Howard, both 11.
The incident occurred around 3 p.m. on Jan. 24 last year when Hastings was driving her 2012 Kia Sorrento westbound on Jones Road and struck the two boys as they walked along the sidewalk approaching Raleigh Millington Road.
Investigators said Hastings was driving in an erratic manner as her car left the roadway and hit the two boys, critically injuring them. McDowell died a short time later at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Howard died there two days later.
The reckless aggravated assault charge stemmed from injuries sustained by a woman passenger who was riding with Hastings. Hastings has been in the Shelby County Jail since the crash.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Muriel Malone.