Trucker in deadly crash in Maine wanted for previous violations

| 8/5/2005

A trucker involved in a fatal crash on Interstate 95 in Maine was already wanted on a slew of previous violations, according to state authorities.

The Portland Press Herald reported that Scott Hewitt, who is being blamed for a crash that killed 40-year-old Tina Turcotte of Scarborough, ME, on July 29, was ordered off the road the previous day by a state trooper because of broken lights on his truck.

Hewitt, 32, drove away from the inspection station. A subsequent investigation found that he had a record a mile long. In addition to having had his license suspended 19 times, Hewitt had a revoked truck registration. Also, several warrants had been issued for his arrest.

This was not the first fatal accident in which Hewitt was involved. The Press Herald found records of a 1994 fatal accident in South Berwick, ME, as well. Hewitt has a total of 42 convictions for various offenses on his driving record as well as at least three other accidents.

Maine Gov. John Baldacci ordered the formation of a working group to investigate the crash and to review state laws and trucking regulations.