Dad tried to kill son in car crash because he feared he wasn’t ‘man enough’ to raise him
A suburban Denver man who crashed his car while speeding to try to kill his 2 ½-year-old son has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.
KUSA-TV reports 31-year-old Nathan Weitzel was sentenced Tuesday after previously pleading guilty to first-degree attempted murder.
Prosecutors say he wore a seat belt, but his son was not restrained in the back seat when he crashed his sedan into parked cars at about 75 mph in Centennial in August 2016. His son suffered a concussion and a broken leg.
The child was returned to the custody of his mother, police told People.
“This is one of the worst things anyone could go through,” the mother reportedly said in court. “I don’t understand how he could hurt an innocent child, let alone his own flesh and blood. I don’t think he realizes how much pain he had caused.”
Weitzel told investigators he been using cocaine and planned the crash because he didn’t think he was “man enough” to raise a child.
“While he was at the park letting [the boy] play he sat in the park and thought of a way to kill his son,” court records stated. “Nathan said he left the park [and] he drove around looking for a good place to crash the car and kill his son.”
He initially pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, but prosecutors dropped other charges against him in exchange for his guilty plea.