Scott Hewitt, the trucker accused of manslaughter following a fatal
wreck on the Maine Turnpike last summer, has lost his appeal to have statements
he made at the time suppressed in court.
The Portland Press Herald reported that Justice Kirk Studstrup ruled Monday, Jan. 9, that statements made by
Hewitt were voluntary and were made after he was advised of his rights.
Hewitt’s attorney had attempted to have remarks that Hewitt made at the
hospital and at the Cumberland County Jail stricken from court records. Hewitt
claimed that two Percocets – narcotic painkilling
pills – he had been given that day clouded his judgment, according to the Press
The judge didn’t see it that way, ruling that Hewitt’s testimony
regarding the Percocet was “self serving and
Earlier reports said that Hewitt admitted to smoking marijuana every
day, but claimed to have not done so that day. Subsequent drug testing proved
that Hewitt was under the influence of marijuana when his truck crashed into a
car driven by Tina Turcotte, 40, causing injuries
that killed her several days later.
Hewitt, who was subsequently found to have a long history of driving
violations, was charged with manslaughter, criminal operating under the
influence and operating under the influence of a controlled substance resulting
in the death of another person.
Herald reported that Hewitt is being held at Kennebec County
jail in lieu of $75,000 bail or $300,000 worth of real estate.