Man charged in crash that killed unborn baby

Gary Sheats

Gary Sheats

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BOULDER, Colo. — 27-year-old Heather Surovik is supposed to be in the hospital welcoming a newborn son.

Instead, she is recovering form critical injuries, and her unborn baby was killed when police say a repeat drunk driver crash into her last week.

Heather had already named her son Brady.

Her Pastor, Don Veazey with Tri Town Baptist Church says Heather was driving home last Thursday from her doctor’s appointment. He says they heard the heartbeat and did the ultrasound and the doctor said Heather could deliver as soon as that evening.

But as she drove through the intersection of 17th and Pace in Longmont, police say 52-year-old Gary Sheats ran a red light and crashed into Heather and her family.  Her mother and her five-year-old son were also injured.

Records show Sheats has at least four prior DUIs.

Veazey says, “They’re angered and outraged that this man could drive.”

The Boulder District Attorneys Office Tuesday charged Sheats with vehicular assault, DUI, fleeing the scene and several other crimes.

District Attorney Stan Garnett says this case is one of those that he believes shows that Colorado should toughen its DUI laws to make repeat DUIs a felony.

Heather’s family agrees.

But Veazey says they are equally outraged that Colorado law does not allow any charges to be filed regarding the baby’s death.

He says, “They don’t believe that’s fair. He’s a little boy ready to come into the world and that opportunity was taken away.”

Veazey says Heather was taken out of the ICU Sunday, and although she suffered a setback Tuesday, the overall outlook is good.

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