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Trial Continues For Suspected Drunk Driver Accused Of Causing Fatal Crash

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A Columbus man accused of driving drunk and causing a crash that killed a young mother in Delaware County has been found guilty on all charges in a Delaware County court Wednesday afternoon.

Marc Kraft, 45, was found guilty on all eight counts, which included two felony counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, four felony counts of aggravated vehicular assault, two felony counts of driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse, or a combination of them.

According to troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Kraft was crashed into a Subaru on state Route 315 carrying Brad Weaver, 36, his girlfriend, Heidi Hecker, 36, and their 10-month-old daughter, Peyton.

Hecker was pinned in the wreckage car and died. Weaver and the baby survived but sustained extensive injuries.

Weaver testified Tuesday. He told the court he and Hecker had agreed after Peyton was born, one of them would always ride in the backseat with the baby. Weaver said Hecker's mom was killed by a drunk driver on Christmas Eve 2000.

An OSHP trooper who was first on the scene testified on Wednesday that he had spoken to Kraft in the ambulance following the crash.

"When I stepped into the ambulance I smelled a strong odor of alcohol. Mr. Kraft's eyes were bloodshot and glassy and his speech was slurred," said the trooper.

Investigators showed the judge crash-scene photos from inside Kraft's showing cans of Natural Light beer and the alcoholic energy drink Four Loko.

A taped recording was shown in the courtroom with an OSHP toxicologist from their crime lab stating blood tests on Kraft showed a blood-alcohol level of 0.214, nearly three times the legal limit.

Kraft will be sentenced on Friday he could face a maximum of 28 years in prison.

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