AG to seek civil charges in fatal Berwick accident

3:46 PM, Jul 19, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The Attorney General's office has decided to file civil charges against a Biddeford teen in connection with a car accident in April that caused the death of a special education teacher from Berwick.

The 17-year-old driver was driving alone south on Route 4 toward Berwick Academy while Amy Harris, along with her two children, was driving north.

The Attorney General's office says that after an investigation there was no evidence that the teen was under the influence of any substances, or was distracted at the time of the crash. The reconstruction indicated that the teenage driver drifted into the northbound lane and struck the other vehicle. Harris was killed in the crash.

According to the Attorney General's officer the teenage driver will be charged with "the traffic infraction of failure to keep right, in violation of 29-A M.R.S. § 2053, and the civil violation of motor vehicle violation resulting in death, in violation of 29-A M.R.S. § 2413-A. They say that the maximum penalty for these violations would be a $5,000 fine and a loss of driver's license for four years.

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