Man who hit pregnant driver gets 11 years

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by KGW.com Staff

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Posted on March 16, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 16 at 4:12 PM

PORTLAND - A driver who police said was high on methamphetamine when he crashed into a car driven by a pregnant Gresham woman was sentenced to 11 years in prison Friday.

Jack Whiteaker, 54 (pictured above), was arrested on April 15, 2010 for crashing into the then-pregnant Cayla Wilson, 19, of Gresham along SE Jenne Road. He was found guilty of driving under the influence, assault and reckless driving.

 

Wilson had just gone on a job interview and was only ten minutes from home when her car was struck. The crash nearly killed her and put her baby in serious jeopardy.

The baby was born premature and survived. Whitaker denied smoking meth the day of the crash, but later admitted to smoking the drug the day before.

Whiteaker testified that he had a collision with a different car and passed out.

What happened after that, he said he did not know. Detectives said Whiteaker was high on heroin at the time of the crash. However, Whiteaker claims that two men jumped in and out of his car before he hit Cayla's vehicle. Whiteaker also has an extensive criminal background.

When the officer asked him about a cocaine and meth pipe found in his Jeep, he said someone must have put them there to "set him up."

Wilson survived but requires around-the clock care at a rehabilitation facility. Her baby Jaikyla was delivered at 26 weeks, when she was just 2 lbs, 3 ounces in size, one month after the accident.

She is now 22-months old and has some medical problems, but is doing relatively well, family members said.

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