by:  Jack Dean Whiteaker

Jack Dean Whiteaker, 54, was sentenced Friday, March 16, to 11 years in prison after being convicted of hitting a car on April 15, 2010, while he was driving high on methamphetamine, leaving the pregnant teen driver in a vegetative state.

Whiteaker was convicted of driving under the influence of intoxicants, second-degree assault and reckless driving.

Chuck Sparks, Multnomah County prosecutor, praised Judge Jerry Hodson's decision.

The victim, Cayla Wilson, now 21, of Gresham sustained severe injuries and is still in a vegetative state at a rehabilitation facility. Her baby, JaiKyla, was 5 months along at the time, and was delivered by caesarian section five weeks after the crash. She now has brain and vision problems, Sparks said.

Wilson, 19 at the time, was driving a Buick Century and Whiteaker, then 52, was driving a 1983 Jeep when the vehicles collided at about 2:45 p.m. in the 5700 block of Southeast Jenne Road on April 15, 2010.

Wilson was air-lifted to Oregon Health and Science University and Whiteaker was transported via ambulance to the same hospital.

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