Man tried to kill son by deliberately crashing car while high on cocaine

Nathan Weitzel, left, and his son Isaiah (Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office/GoFundMe)

A man who tried to kill his son by crashing his car while high on cocaine has pleaded guilty to attempted murder.

Nathan Weitzel, 31 – who was wearing his seat belt – left his two-year-old son Isaiah unbuckled on the back seat before crashing into several parked cars at 75mph.

Weitzel, of Colorado, had originally pleaded not guilty on the grounds of insanity in April 2017. In exchange for his new plea of guilty to one count of first-degree attempted murder after deliberation, six lesser charges have been dropped.

Isaiah suffered a broken leg and concussion in the 75mph crash (GoFundMe)
Nathan Weitzel (Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office)
The little boy was unbuckled in the back seat of the car at the time of the crash (GoFundMe)

The horror crash took place on August 21 2016, and the little boy suffered a broken leg, concussion and a cut to his forehead that required 20 stitches. He has since recovered from his injuries.

According to the district attorney’s office, Weitzel – who admitted to using cocaine at the time of the crash – said that he wanted to kill his son “because being a father was a big responsibility, and he did not think he was man enough to raise a child.”

Nathan Weitzel and his son, pictured in 2015 (Facebook)


Court records state that he had taken Isaiah to the park to play, while he “thought of a way to kill his son”.

After leaving the park, “he drove around looking for a good place to crash the car and kill his son”.

Isaiah’s mother Nancy Lopez, who was separated from Weitzel when the crash happened, said at the time of his arrest: “He’s in the place that he should be. He needs to be in jail for a long time.”

Weitzel will be sentenced on April 3.