PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — More than 9 years after the crash that eventually took her life, the driver who killed Cayla Wilson admitted to causing her death.
Jack Dean Whiteaker changed his plea in a Multnomah County courtroom Thursday morning to guilty of manslaughter.
On April 15, 2010, Whiteaker was high on meth when his Jeep veered across the centerline of SE Jenne Road and smashed nearly head-on into Cayla’s 1990 Buick.
Cayla, who was 19 and 5 months pregnant at the time of the crash, suffered major brain damage and went into premature labor. She spent nearly 8 years in a vegetative state and died on March 30, 2018.
Her daughter survived and is now 9.
After Cayla died, prosecutors leveled a manslaughter charge against Whiteaker.
In 2012, Judge Jerry Hodson sentenced him to 11 years in prison, the maximum allowed for what he was convicted — DUII and assault.
The 62-year-old is expected to receive a 16-year prison term when he’s sentenced on December 6.
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