A 29-year-old Colorado man faces multiple charges and a long prison sentence after admitting he tried to kill his 2-year-old son in a deliberate car crash.
Nathan Weitzel crashed his car at 75 miles per hour on Aug. 21 with his son Isaiah in the vehicle, according to KUSA.
The crash occurred at 11:05 a.m. and was witnessed by several people. One witness called the police and said an adult in the vehicle was hitting a child.
Bystanders rescued Isaiah and held him until officers arrived.
“He was crying and appeared to be fading, going in and out of consciousness,” an arrest warrant said of Isaiah, according to KMGH.
Weitzel says he intentionally failed to buckle Isaiah into his car seat before the crash. The impact left Isaiah seriously injured with a broken leg, concussion and a large cut on his forehead. Isaiah now wears a cast on around half of his body.
Weitzel reportedly sought to resist attempts to remove him from the vehicle and made an effort to stab himself with a piece of glass.
“When one of the firefighters, Reice O’Keefe, was removing him [Weitzel] from the vehicle, Reice grabbed onto Nathan’s right hand to stop him from slitting his own throat. Nathan, with his left hand, balled up his fist and punched Reice on the chin,” according to the warrant.
Weitzel told investigators he took Isaiah to the park to play and then began thinking of ways he could kill him. He also acknowledged he had used cocaine that day.
Investigators then asked why the crash occurred.
“I was trying to kill my son,” Weitzel replied.
“The reason he wanted to kill Isaiah was because being a father was a big responsibility and he did not think he was man enough to raise a child,” Arapahoe County investigators said, according to KUSA.
Nancy Lopez, Isaiah’s mother, takes care of the toddler most of the time. Isaiah usually spent weekends with his father.
“He’s in the place that he should be,” Lopez said of Weitzel. “He needs to be in jail for a long time.”
Isaiah was able to leave hospital after several days of treatment.
“He used to be a really good climber,” Lopez added. “He loved to play and run around. He can’t walk now; he’s not going to be walking for another two months.”