Maine trucker pleads innocent to manslaughter

| 1/27/2006

Scott Hewitt, the Maine trucker charged with manslaughter following a July 2005 crash that killed a Scarborough, ME, woman, pleaded innocent to the charge in Kennebec County Superior Court Friday, Jan. 27.

The Associated Press reported that Hewitt also pleaded innocent to 11 other charges related to the incident, including operating under the influence while causing serious injury, operating under the influence in a commercial vehicle and operating with a suspended license.

Hewitt was found to have marijuana in his system following the crash, which killed 40-year-old Tina Turcotte.

Subsequent investigations found that Hewitt also had a long history of driving violations and had his CDL suspended several times.

His case prompted legislation within the state, now known as Tina’s Law, aimed at getting drivers with suspended licenses off the road.