Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed in Columbus, Ohio Area Crash that Killed Woman

February 26, 2013

Wrongful Death

Columbus Ohio wrongful deathAn Ohio wrongful death lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a 36-year-old Delaware, Ohio mother who was killed by a drunk driver last fall near Columbus.  Two other occupants of her vehicle, a 10-month-old baby and the baby’s father, were seriously injured in the accident.  The young mother was killed on impact.

Heidi Hecker was with her 10-month-old daughter and her boyfriend, Brad Weaver, the baby’s father, headed north on Route 23 in her Subaru, just before 9 p.m. on November 8 when the car accident occurred.  Her car was slammed from the rear by a pick-up truck driven by 45-year-old Marc Kraft of Blender Township, who was later discovered to have a blood-alcohol level of 0.23—three times the legal limit. This was the seventh time he was caught driving drunk.

The Ohio Highway State Patrol later reported Kraft had no valid driver’s license for almost 20 years and had six previous arrests in Pennsylvania for driving drunk.  In a bench trial on Feb. 6, 2013 in Ohio, Kraft was found guilty of seven felony counts in connection with the fatal crash and was sentenced to the maximum 29 ½ years in prison.

Ironically, Ms. Hecker’s mother was killed in a collision with a drunk driver on the evening of Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve) almost 12 years earlier while on her way to church.

Witnesses reported seeing Kraft driving erratically at speeds somewhere between 80 and 100 miles per hour shortly before the accident.  At least one witness on the highway placed a frantic call to 911, but police could not get there in time to apprehend Kraft.

Ms. Hecker’s car was stopped at a red light when it was hit by Kraft’s truck and was then propelled into a tow truck, according to newspaper reports of the incident.  Kraft then crossed into oncoming traffic and sideswiped a vehicle driven by a Toledo, Ohio woman.  Only the occupants of the Hecker and Weaver vehicle sustained serious injuries, according to the newspaper report.

Mr. Weaver is also filing suit against Kraft’s employer, who owned the pickup Kraft was driving.  He is also suing the facilities that served Kraft alcohol on the day of the Columbus, Ohio car accident.  Weaver alleges that the employer should have known about Kraft’s driving record and that the facilities should be held accountable for giving Kraft too much to drink on that date.

Many Columbus, Ohio wrongful death claims stem from auto  accidents like the one described above.  Dealing with the wrongful death of one dear to you is always difficult because no amount of money can replace that person and it is often heartbreaking to review the circumstances of what happened.

If you have questions about the nature of the death of your family member and who is responsible, please don’t hesitate to contact the law firm of Slater & Zurz LLP for a free consultation at 1-888-353-0379. Slater & Zurz LLP has a law office in Columbus, Ohio and represents clients throughout the central Ohio area.

You may also send a message from the Slater & Zurz LLP wrongful death website at ohiowrongfuldeathlaw.com.

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