Family Of Woman Who Died In Drunken-Driving Crash Files Suit Against Driver’s Employer, Those Who Served Man Alcohol Before Crash


The boyfriend of a woman who died in a crash caused by a drunken-driver in November filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

Heidi Hecker was killed in the Nov. 8 crash and her boyfriend, Brad A. Weaver, and the couple’s 10-month-old daughter were injured in the crash along U.S. Route 23 in Delaware County.

A jury convicted Marc Kraft in connection with the fatal crash last week.

Kraft, 45, was sentenced to 29 ½ years in prison for the crash on Friday.

The complaint filed on Monday by Weaver goes after the employer of the man who caused Hecker’s death as well as those who may have served alcohol to him prior to the crash.

The lawsuit alleges that Kraft’s employer should have known about Kraft’s driving history – which included six previous drunken-driving convictions -- prior to giving him the pick-up truck that he was driving during the crash.

Kraft also has not had a valid driver’s license in 20 years, according to court documents.

Weaver’s attorney, Warren George, said that the lawsuit is seeking in excess of $25,000 in punitive and compensatory damages.

“The owner entrusting the vehicle to Kraft, what the owner knew or should have known about his record driving license history, the alcohol, etc.,” George said.

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