Driver in fatal crash admits to using marijuana and prescription painkillers

10:16 AM, Jan 9, 2014   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A Windsor man has pleaded guilty to being under the influence of prescription painkillers and marijuana when his vehicle hit a pedestrian who died days later.

Joshua Erskine, 25, pleaded guilty Wednesday to manslaughter and aggravated criminal operating under the influence in the death of Ruth Epperson, 81, in Augusta in March 2012. Erskine said in Kennebec County Superior Court that he was under the influence of Percocet, for which he did not have a prescription, and marijuana when he struck Epperson, who was on the sidewalk. She died five days later.

The Kennebec Journal reports that Erskine will likely be sentenced next month. Under a plea agreement, he faces a maximum of 15 years in prison with all but eight years suspended and four years of probation.


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