Indy woman gets 8 years for hitting construction worker while driving drunk

INDIANAPOLIS — A 26-year-old Indianapolis woman has pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and striking and killing a construction worker. She was sentenced to eight years, but will not serve her full sentence at the Indiana Department of Corrections.

Cheyenne Prass was arrested in July 2020 after punching and killing 23-year-old construction worker David Vasquez Jr. of Terre Haute. Prass was said to be driving on Interstate 65 through the North Split near downtown Indianapolis when she swerved on the shoulder and hit Vasquez in a construction zone.

After hitting Vasquez, Prass’ vehicle collided with a construction truck, ran into traffic, and struck a tractor-trailer and another vehicle. No other driver was injured, however.

Police report that when first responders arrived on the scene, bystanders were already performing CPR on Vasquez. Despite their efforts, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Originally charged with two counts of causing death while driving a vehicle while intoxicated, both Tier 4 felonies, Prass pleaded guilty in March to one of the counts and had the other rejected.

As part of her plea deal, Prass was sentenced to five years of intentional incarceration. The judge said if she had no items during her program, she could move on to house arrest served at the Life House Ministry. She will then serve three years of probation. Prass will also have his driver’s license suspended for two years from when he entered house arrest.

Alice F. Ponder