Witnesses reported seeing the driver of a red pick-up truck driving erratically before it crashed into a car, killing a young mother.
Investigators said that Heidi Hecker died instantly when the Subaru she was riding in was struck by a Marc Kraft, the driver of the red pick-up.
Hecker’s 10-month-old daughter and boyfriend, 36-year-old Brad Weaver, were seriously hurt in the crash that occurred at about 9 p.m. Thursday night near U.S. Route 23 and state Route 315.
According to one call to 911, Kraft was swerving.
“I’m on 23 headed north and just passing Cheshire,” said one 911 caller. “He came up on me really fast, almost swerving.”
That same caller went over to the vehicle for help after the crash.
“Oh my God. There’s an accident,” the caller said. “And there’s a baby. Oh my God, there’s a baby.”
Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers said that the pick-up truck slammed into Hecker’s car, which was waiting at a red light.
Kraft, who witnesses said was driving between 80 and 100 miles per hour, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.
Tricia Fliehman, Hecker’s friend, said that she could not believe her friend would not get to watch her 10-month-old daughter grow up.
“I’m very sad this man made this choice and devastated so many lives, and this isn’t just a bad day, this pains lives,” Fliehman said. “Something people need to stop and think about.”
Fliehman said that she remembers Hecker as sweet and always smiling.
“This might be the toughest thing in my life having to talk about a friend like this,” Fliehman said. “She’ll be missed.
Kraft was arraigned on Friday morning and held in jail on a bond of $150,000.
According to prosecutors, Kraft has not had a valid driver’s license in more than 20 years.
He also had a blood-alcohol level of 0.26, more than three times the legal limit.
Kraft previously faced DUI convictions in Pennsylvania.
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