Trucker in fatal crash unable to suppress remarks

| 1/10/2006

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 Herald.

The judge didn’t see it that way, ruling that Hewitt’s testimony regarding the Percocet was “self serving and unpersuasive.”

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.

The Press Herald reported that Hewitt is being held at Kennebec County jail in lieu of $75,000 bail or $300,000 worth of real estate.