Bill named after Tiffany Heitkamp

Tiffany Heitkamp, 20, of Syracuse

A new bill has been passed in the name of a 20-year-old girl who was killed in a drunken boating accident in the summer of 2006.

Senator John DeFrancisco announced today the Tiffany Heitkamp Law was passed by the New York State Senate. Heitkamp was killed in July of 2006, when the boat she was riding in crashed. The driver of the boat was operating the boat when he was intoxicated. Under current law, repeat offenders of Boating While Intoxicated (BWI), Snowmobiling While Intoxicated (SWI) and Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) are subject to increased penalties.

DeFrancisco says, If an individual has a history of operating any kind of vehicle or vessel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs that should be taken into account when the individual is charged and sentenced.

Posted February 7, 2008 :

A Manlius man was sentenced today in the East Syracuse Village Court today on a DWI charge.

The charge stemmed from an arrest that was made back in May of 2006. Keir Weimer, 24, of Manlius, was sentenced to one year in prison.

This incident comes months before Weimer was involved in a deadly boating accident that took the life of one of his passengers back in July of 2006. He was sentenced in Herkimer County Court, back in November, where he plead guilty to vehicular manslaughter and he is now facing two to six years behind bars.

Both of the sentences of DWI and Vehicular Manslaughter will run at the same time.

Tiffany Heitkamp, 20, of Syracuse was thrown from the boat Weimer was driving and was killed when she boat crashed into an island.