Maine trucker slapped with new charges

| 12/12/2005

Scott Hewitt, the trucker involved in a deadly July crash on the Maine Turnpike, is now facing new charges of manslaughter and driving under the influence of marijuana.

The Associated Press reported that Hewitt was indicted on the new charges Friday, Dec. 9, after test results were revealed confirming the presence of marijuana in his system after the crash.

Hewitt crashed his rig on Interstate 95 in July into a car driven by Tina Turcotte, of Scarborough, ME. Turcotte died several days later of injuries sustained in the crash.

Hewitt was driving with a suspended license at the time and was found to have 63 driving convictions and 22 license suspensions already on his record. He was also involved in a previous fatal accident.

Public outcry over the Hewitt case led to the creation of “Tina’s Law,” legislation that proposes seizing driver’s licenses and vehicles of suspended drivers if they are caught behind the wheel. The law also proposes stiffer penalties, such as jail sentences, for offenders.

The AP reported that Hewitt, who now faces felony charges of manslaughter, criminal operating under the influence, and operating under the influence of a controlled substance resulting in the death of another person, is being held in the Kennebec County Jail on $75,000 cash bail.