Prosecutor: Man May Benefit Financially From Crash He Caused That Killed An Unborn Baby
SHELBYVILLE, Ind. – Shelby County's Prosecutor says a man convicted of causing the death of an unborn baby after crashing his car under the influence of marijuana may stand to get money from a lawsuit against Pizza Hut blaming them for his crash and the baby's death.
Investigators say David Pike, 20, had been smoking marijuana while on the job at the Pizza Hut in Shelbyville when he got behind the wheel of his car and pulled out in front of another vehicle on May 1, 2015. Inside Pike’s car was his pregnant girlfriend, who was flown to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis where her unborn baby died from injuries resulting from the crash.
Pike was found guilty of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Causing Serious Bodily Injury, a Level 6 Felony, and Operating A Vehicle With A Schedule I or II Controlled Substance In His Body Resulting In Serious Bodily Injury, a Level 6 Felony.
According to Shelby County Prosecutor Brad Landwerlen, Pike had since moved to Colorado and married his girlfriend whose unborn baby died in the crash. Landwerlen says she currently has a civil lawsuit against Pizza Hut claiming the company was responsible for her husband smoking marijuana on the job, getting behind the wheel of a car, allowing her to be his passenger, crashing his vehicle, injuring her and killing her baby.
“As they are now legally married, he will likely benefit financially from any money his wife receives from Pizza Hut as a result of him killing an unborn baby, which is nothing short of amazing to me,” says Landwerlen.
Pike will be sentenced on Dec. 20 and is facing a maximum of 2.5 years in jail.
“I don't write the law that allows him to benefit financially from his crime, or that limits his sentence so low. If you are as bothered by these facts as me, talk to your legislators about changing these laws,” adds Landwerlen, who also adds that he is among the prosecutors in Indiana who are against the decriminalization of marijuana or its use for medicinal purposes.
Photo credit: Shelby County Prosecutor’s Office / Shelby County Sheriff’s Department