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Drunken driver sued after fatal crash

Wire • Feb 14, 2013 at 11:07 AM

The fiance of a woman killed by a drunken driver in Delaware County has sued the driver, his employer whose vehicle he was driving and an establishment that served him alcohol before the crash.

Brad A. Weaver, 37, of Delaware, filed the wrongful-death suit on Monday in Delaware County Common Pleas Court. Weaver was driving the car in which his fiancee and mother of his child, Heidi Hecker, 36, was a passenger on Nov. 8 when their car was hit by a pickup truck driven by Mark C. Kraft, 45, of Blendon Township.

Hecker died in the crash at Rt. 23 and Rt. 315. Weaver and their 14-month-old daughter, Peyton I. Weaver, were injured.

Kraft was sentenced on Friday to 29 1/2 years in prison after being convicted on two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and other charges. Tests showed that he had a blood-alcohol level that night of 0.214 percent; Ohio considers a person impaired at 0.08 percent.

Kraft also had six prior drunken-driving convictions and has not had a valid driver’s license for 20 years.

In addition to Kraft, the suit seeks damages from Charles F. Harsh of Delaware, Kraft’s employer. The suit says Harsh allowed Kraft to drive the truck even though he should have known that “Kraft was incompetent to safely operate a motor vehicle.”

The suit also seeks damages from two employees and the owner of an establishment that served Kraft alcohol before the crash. The attorney for Weaver has not been able to identify the establishment or the three individuals.


Jim Woods - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)

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