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
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.