Gary Sheats pleads guilty to DUI that killed nearly full-term baby, then commits suicide?
Last July, Gary Sheats was more than three times over the legal limit for intoxication when he plowed into a vehicle driven by Heather Surovik, a pregnant 27 year old only days away from delivery. She survived the crash, as did her mom and a five year old also in the car, but the baby died.
Big photos below.
Now, Sheats has, too, after apparently taking his own life at a Denver motel. Details, photos and a video report from shortly after the original incident below.
According to a CBS4 report from last summer, Sheats plowed into Surovik's vehicle at the intersection of 17th and Pace in Longmont.
However, Sheats didn't stop to render aid. Instead, he drove to his parents' home, where he was staying while his mobile home was being repaired. But he didn't get away clean. A witness followed him to the location and alerted police, who soon placed him under arrest.
The intersection where the crash occurred.
Billy Sheats, Gary's father, subsequently told the station that his son had been in his car at the time of the crash. He added that Sheats "has cancer, Stage 4 Lymphoma, and only has a short time to live."
After Sheats was taken into custody, his previous driving record was discovered -- and it was shocking. The Denver Post reported that he had a "DUI history spanning three decades" and was driving on a suspended license at the time he rammed into Surovik and her loved ones.
This information was contained in a July 15 front-page story about the multiple chances drunk drivers are given in Colorado -- an extensive investigation of which Sheats was the centerpiece. Here's a look at the cover, with a photo of Surovik's at the top: